Laurent Lamothe Says Free, Fair & Honest Elections in 2014

The Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe Laurent has pledged categorical commitment of his team and President Michel Martelly to provide every means to facilitate the holding of legislative and local elections this year. The government believes that this will be a definite move to pave the way for holding free, fair and inclusive elections which is a pre-condition for strengthening good governance and creating suitable environment for socioeconomic development to benefit the Haitian people.


The elections would decide one third of Haiti's Senate, along with a number of municipal posts in the country. The present president Michel Joseph Martelly received 67.6% of the votes in the 2010-11 General Election and he won the last presidential selection with a runoff election held on 20 March 2011 against Mirlande Manigat who received 31.7% of the votes.

The present Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, the co-founder and CEO of the company Global Voice Group was a Minister of Foreign Affairs and was appointed as the Prime Minister on 4 May 2012. In this regard, on 7 January, the Deputy Abel Descollines, one of the spokesperson of the present government has declared that if the elections did not take place this year in 2014 the Government will be forced to resign. This statement is very surprising from a representative of PSP particularly in a favorable situation when the desire to hold election by the executives within the year had been repeated many times since the publication of the electoral law.

However, President Martelly in an address to the Parliament on 13 January has renewed his promise to hold election on the one third of the thirty members Senate and hundreds of local governance entities. He also said that the Electoral council will announce the election date soon.

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