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Haiti - Elections : Message from President Martelly for elections
09/08/2015 08:31:30

Haiti - Elections : Message from President Martelly for elections
Saturday, President of the Republic, Michel Martelly sent a message to the people on the occasion of the first round of parliamentary elections, which began this Sunday August 9 at 6:00 am.

Message of President Martelly :

"Tomorrow morning early, about 6 million people, men and women, young and old, will take the street to vote, to choose the candidates they want for Parliament, these people will take the street, to give the democracy momentum.

This is one of the finest exercises a people can do when it takes the street to choose its representatives as will be done tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow morning, each person will freely vote for the people of his choice, without slashing, without threats.

We take this opportunity to ask all citizens to remain calm, to avoid confrontations, avoiding verbal and physical confrontations. It is necessary that you show tolerance that you accept the positions, choices and feelings of others.

This is what is called a true democracy and tolerance.

The election cost the Haitian people a lot of money, democracy is expensive, God did that we found friends who have supported us, helped us, we thank them a lot for that.

I thank all those who helped that day comes, we know the role that each of you has played since government members, CEP, political parties, civil society, women's associations, human rights associations, the press, religious groups, Protestants, Catholics, vaudouisants and other... Finally all those who played a role, for that day can happen is done in good conditions, I told them a big thank you.

The first victory we receive in the electoral matters, it is democracy which is gaining momentum, which takes strength. It is not in transition, throwing stones, in breakage that push our country back [...] that the changes we want, will occur. There is no other way that the elections and this is a lesson, it is the greatest victory of the people. This principle has begun to enter the heads of our leaders and it has already entered the head of the people. Because democracy is the people who fought for it, it's the people who wanted it and it will fight to keep it, that's the lesson I draw.

The electoral process will take place without interruption, until the presidential election in October. After the first round of deputies and senators, it will be the second round of legislative elections and the first round of the election of the President, mayors, ASEC, CASEC in October. After that, if there is no third round, the loop will be closed, those who remain will remain, those arriving will arrive those returning will return, those who will leave will leave and that's how the democracy works.

I compliment all the people for the maturity it has shown. Tomorrow going to vote for democracy to gain strength. I ask all, to do it in peace and respect for others, in tolerance as a civilized people.

I want to thank the police and members of the Minustah, for all the hard work done. I have already passed instructions for the police and judiciary do their work as it should, for this day runs smoothly, in order and discipline, and I ask them to take all the sanctions that must be taken against all those who want or encourage disorder and violence.

Remember that during the elections, there are always winners and losers, let's play our part, let's accept our differences, let's respect the rules of democracy is the only way that democracy will continue to make its way in Haiti.

Good luck to all the candidates.
Good luck to all political parties participating in these elections.
Thank you to all stakeholders in the system, which enable that the elections run smoothly.

I love you very much, may God bless you"

Listen the speech in Creole:

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