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Haiti's Election Campaign and President Jean Bertrand Aristide's Expected Return

About a month prior to millions of Haitian voters trek to the polls in the round in Haiti's disputed election, a cloud of political uncertainty has descended more than the country.

At the exact same time, although, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, is convinced the March 20 election will produce a winner. He produced a unique 1-day trip to the Caribbean nation last week and he held talks with the presidential candidates, Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly and Dr. Mirlande Manigat and discussed the future reconstruction of the earthquake ravaged country.

In addition, the Organization of American States to which Haiti and its Caricom neighbors belong is putting the final pieces in location to send its joint OAS- Caricom Electoral Observation Mission back to the country to monitor the voting under the leadership of Colin Grandison, a senior Caricom official.

"We hope that the irregularities and logistical challenges we knowledgeable in the first round on November 28th last year will be mitigated in the of March 20th," mentioned Albert Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary-Common and Chairman of the Organization's Group of Pals of Haiti. "That will depend on the resources readily available to the Provisional Electoral Council, CEP, to conduct the election. We need to have beneficial, properly-organized elections."

But, as the actions are being taken to ensure an acceptable outcome, the important unknown factor in the political equation is Aristide's impact, need to he return residence ahead of the election.

Having been granted a diplomatic passport by the Haitian government despite the stated objections of the Obama Administration, Aristide hasn't indicated when he would he set foot in the nation and if he would campaign for any 1 of the candidates. What is also unclear is how such a dramatic step would affect the election.


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