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Elections Canada

December 20, 2006 15:29 ET

Chief Electoral Officer Recognizes the Work of Haiti Election Observers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, recognized today the contribution of Canadian election observers who recently took part in the Canadian Mission for Accompanying Haitian Elections (CMAHE). The CMAHE, which was led by Mr. Kingsley, monitored the December 3, 2006, municipal, local and legislative run-off elections in Haiti.

Among the observers recognized by Mr. Kingsley was Mr. Cheickh Bangoura, of Ottawa, who was struck in the arm by a stray bullet as he was returning to his hotel in Port-au-Prince on December 4. Doctors were able to remove the bullet the next day, and Mr. Bangoura returned to work shortly afterwards. He returned to Canada with the rest of the CMAHE observers on December 13.

"I wish to commend the work carried out by the Mission and all of its observers to ensure that the elections ran smoothly and allowed electors to freely exercise their right to vote," said Mr. Kingsley. "I would particularly like to underline the dedicated efforts of all the CMAHE observers who were stationed throughout the country, in often difficult circumstances, helping to ensure the success of this round of elections."

The names of the 27 members of the CMAHE, who have been in Haiti since October and whose hard work and dedication contributed to the success of the Mission, are:

- Alvaro Arciniegas - Pierre Joanis
- Cheickh Bangoura - Jules Lalancette
- Juan Barranco - Pierre Larochelle
- Jean-Marc Baudot - Richard Lemieux
- Daniela Bercovitch - Robert Lussier
- Nicole Blouin - Michel Mercier
- Andre Bouchard - Michael O'Mahony
- Alejandro Carnero - Claude Parent
- Raymond Carrier - Guy Renaud
- Leonard Caza - Sonia Tobierre
- Christian Champigny - Claude Trudel
- Judy Dacruz - Jean-Marie Verret
- Jean-Joseph Estime - Francois Villeneuve
- Benoit Fournier

The CMAHE's mandate was to accompany the Provisional Electoral Council by providing regular monitoring reports and information to support the preparation of the December elections. In October, the CMAHE opened its office, with a core staff of four people, and deployed long-term observers across the 10 departments in Haiti.

On December 14, 2006, the CMAHE issued its preliminary report on the December elections. A final report will follow early in the new year, after the Mission has completed its analysis.

The CMAHE's preliminary statement is available on the International Mission for Monitoring Haitian Elections (IMMHE) Web site at www.mieeh-immhe.ca and on the Elections Canada Web site at www.elections.ca.

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