Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Election’s Weaknesses Shed Light on Areas for Growth

Haiti’s legislative elections on August 10th signify a crucial step towards political stability in the country. And, while irregularities are indisputable, many acknowledge that the first round was completed, and this should be seen as a a success. Thus, its irregularities, such as the closing of some polling stations, violence, late start times, and a poor voter turnout, should be used as guidelines to restructure the next round of elections in late October, rather than as the focus of the first round.

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Observers: Haiti elections weren’t perfect, but they happened — finally

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

August 10, 2015


Haiti’s long-overdue legislative elections were not perfect, but it’s significant that they happened, the Organization of American States’ observer mission said Monday.

“The process took place and was taken to the end,” Enrique Castillo, the head of the observer group said at a press conference. “We cannot assess whether the problems …could disqualify the process as a whole. Our impression up to today is they don’t. But it’s up to the (electoral) council to evaluate that.”

Castillo said observers represented a dozen countries and were present at 171 voting centers throughout Haiti. Among the positive signs, observers found, was that voters’ lists were visible at polling stations and women cast ballots.

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