838.00Electoral Law/17: Telegram

The High Commissioner in Haiti (Russell) to the Secretary of State


128. President Borno has informed me that the law modifying electoral law has been passed, and that article 62 is included in these modifications.

In reply I reiterated Department’s objections to article 62, and urged strongly its cancelation. The President said that at present this was impossible, but at last he said that he would enter into verbal agreement with me not to permit application of this article without conferring with me first and obtaining, in each case, an agreement. President stated furthermore that the article could be canceled next year, if so desired.

Should any question regarding application of article 62 arise, I shall make no agreement with President Borno without having first obtained Department’s approval.