U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped briefly in Haiti on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the country’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. He met with outgoing President Michel Martelly and other Haitian officials as he encouraged Haitians to go to the polls on Oct. 25 and urged them to refrain from violence or other disruptions. Kerry stressed that the legitimate transfer of power could only be achieved through free and fair elections. He noted that the U.S. has provided more than $30 million to aid this year’s three-round electoral process in Haiti. “Haiti needs governing institutions that are legitimate and representative, and those cannot come into being without free and fair elections that take part without intimidation, without violence,” said Kerry at a podium with Martelly by his side.
Source: Voice of America