In a 57-page report, election observers in Haiti detail the many problems with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections. These issues include violence, ballot box stuffing, ineffective indelible ink, and even some murders. Though two political parties closely affiliated with President Martelly were tied to most of the violence and intimidation, the Electoral Council has only issued warnings so far. While some applaud the CEP’s initial efforts, such as re-running elections in 25 constituencies, these observers say that much more needs to be done to yield accurate election results and to prevent this from happening again.
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Haitian electoral observers demand investigation into election day chaos
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
August 25, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Local observer groups are calling for an independent investigation into Haiti’s violence-marred Aug. 9 legislative elections, saying that recent sanctions taken against 16 candidates by elections officials do not go far enough.
The observers, led by Haiti’s leading human rights group, said the balloting was not only marred by “grave violence” but also massive fraud with ballot stuffing and people repeatedly voting because their fingers were not properly marked with ink. The process also lacked confidentiality with voters forced to vote behind “cheap” cardboard dividers and put their ballots in see threw plastic boxes.
Observers further dismissed a communiqué by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) calling out the political parties behind some of the candidates accused of the violence. The one-page announcement shows that two parties close to President Michel Martelly, PHTK and Réseau National Bouclier Haitien, led the pack. No sanctions, however, have been announced.
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