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Secretary Kerry: Haiti’s Oct. 25 vote must happen | Miami Herald


“It is only through elections that a legitimate transfer of power can take place,” Kerry said during his first visit to Haiti and after a meeting with Haitian President Michel Martelly and other government officials. “Haiti needs to come together and its political system … needs to get away from gridlock.”Martelly reaffirmed his commitment to elections, saying his government is “committed to respecting the deadline of 25 October and the need for presidential power to be transmitted” from one elected leader to another.In 19 days, 5.8 million registered Haitians are scheduled to go to the polls to select Martelly’s successor from a field of 54 candidates. Balloting for mayors in 140 municipalities, and the second round of the fraud- and violence-marred Aug. 9 legislative vote, are also scheduled that day.

“I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT HAITI’S 2015 ELECTIONS AND THE IMPACT THEY WILL HAVE ON HAITI’S FUTURE IF THE HAITIAN PEOPLE DO NOT PERCEIVE THEM TO BE CREDIBLE.” U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif

Source:  Miami Herald

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