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

Approximately one month prior to travel millions of Haitian voters to the polls in a round of Haiti's disputed elections, the cloud of political uncertainty has descended across the country.

At the same time, however, the former U.S. president Bill Clinton, United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, confident on 20 March elections will produce a winner. He made a special one-day trip to the Caribbean country last week and he talked to Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly and Dr. Mirlande Manigat and discussed the future reconstruction of earthquake-torn country.

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

"We hope that the irregularities and logistical problems we experienced in the first round November 28 last year will be reduced by the March 20 elections," said Albert Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General and President of Friends of Haiti group. "It will depend on available funding for the Interim Electoral Council, CEP, to conduct the elections. We have good, well-organized elections ."

However, such steps are taken to ensure an acceptable outcome, the key unknown factor in the equation of Aristide's political influence, he should be back home before the election.

Having been granted a diplomatic passport to the Haiti government, despite these comments, Obama administration, Aristide has not indicated when he set foot in the country and if the campaign for any candidate. What is also unclear how such a dramatic step would affect the election.


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