Haiti’s long-overdue elections have the potential to initiate the country’s progress towards political stability. Many view this first round as a crucial test of Haiti’s ability to hold its own elections: the last elections in 2010 were orchestrated by third parties, including the United States. Despite Haiti’s indisputable progress since these last elections in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, doubts still linger about voter turnout, police intimidation and violence, among other concerns.
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Haiti Elections Seen As A Test Of Stability
August 8, 2015
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
Haitians are set to vote tomorrow, a big step for the troubled country. These are legislative elections, and they’re more than three years overdue. And they are seen as a test for Haiti to prove it’s capable of holding credible and fair elections. Peter Granitz reports from Port-au-Prince.
PETER GRANITZ, BYLINE: Campaigning in Haiti has less to do with policy and more to do with getting your name out there. Candidates plaster their images and party logos on every of wall, house and billboard. They trash their opponents on the radio. And at any given hour, they send out trucks rigged with speakers blasting their song.
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