Argentina joins list of countries supporting Haiti’s landmark electionsOct 30, 2015
New York, 30 October, 2015 – The Government of Argentina contributed US$ 50,000 to support Haiti’s ongoing electoral process during a ceremony today to support the Haitian people and the country’s democratic consolidation and stabilization.
The financial contribution to Haiti’s electoral basket fund confirms Argentina’s continued commitment to support Haiti’s stabilization process. It takes place just five days after the second to last round of voting. Nearly six million Haitians are eligible to elect a new President, 139 Parliamentarians, 1,280 local and 140 municipal administration officials. It is also the third consecutive time in history that Haitians will democratically elect a President, following the completion of two five-year presidential terms.
“We are very grateful for our Argentinean colleagues contribution,” Ambassador Denis Regis, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations. “I acknowledge that both are countries are going through an election process now and this has a crucial importance for our societies.”
“Every contribution, every gesture towards supporting these pivotal elections, for the consolidation of peace and democracy in Haiti are invaluable. We are honoured and happy to be contributing to this process,” said Maria Cristina Perceval, Ambassador of Argentina to the United Nations, during the ceremony at the country’s Mission to the UN.
The first round of presidential elections was held on 25 October, along with the second round of legislative and municipal elections. If no candidate has an absolute majority of votes in the first round (greater than 50 per cent) a second round of Presidential elections, along with local elections, wil take place on 27 December. The most complex electoral cycle in Haiti’s history will be completed with the democratic installation of the 50th legislature on 11 January and the swearing in of a new President on 7 February 2016.
“With its support to the UN peacekeeping operations and this new pledge for Haiti’s electoral process, Argentina shows the importance of regional commitment to the consolidation of democracy, peace and sustainable development in Haiti,” said Susan McDade, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNDP, which, upon Haiti’s request, manages the electoral basket fund and provides technical support to the country’s electoral body (CEP).
Following a 16 July international partner meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, funding partners pledged an additional $10.5 million to support the Haitian elections. The Government of Haiti not only remains the largest contributor, with a recent additional contribution of 300 million Haitian gourdes (around $5.7 million) but has also reassured that the third round of the 2015 elections will be fully funded. Other contributing governments are Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the United States and the European Union.
Along with other Latin America and the Caribbean countries, Argentina has been a key partner for Haiti. The South American country provides 67 military officers staffing a hospital in Port-au-Prince, also contributing 16 individual police officers. Argentina recently withdrew some 500 officers as part of the ongoing consolidation of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), part of an overall extensive military drawdown this year. The Security Council has recently extended the Mission’s mandate for one-year. completion of the elections, should the situation allow, the Mission could fully drawdown as part of the reconfiguration of the UN presence in Haiti.
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