Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

US Government Should Support Prompt, Fair Elections in Haiti

A concise handout explaining why fair elections are so important for preventing political crises in Haiti.

The United States Government Should Support Prompt and Fair Elections in Haiti

September 19, 2013

The U.S government should support prompt elections in Haiti, but also insist that those elections be fair and inclusive. Elections in 2009 and 2010 excluded many qualified candidates and parties without legal justification, leading to fundamental governance problems that were not only predictable, but were anticipated by members of U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle. Two more election cycles are overdue, leading to a Senate with 1/3 of its seats open and struggling to obtain a quorum. Further, since he took office, President Michel Martelly has appointed 129 non-elected “municipal agents” to replace elected mayors whose terms expired last year.

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