Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Why August 9th is Being Called an “Electoral Coup”

While Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council and international observers seem largely satisfied with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections, many in Haiti are denouncing the elections and some call for a new election altogether. This article lists the many issues with Haiti’s first round of elections and why it seems like the violence and irregularities were systematically orchestrated by parties close to the government, in order to suppress voters and democracy.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.


Haiti Action Committee

September 10, 2015

Marred by outright fraud, massive voter suppression in the form of intimidation, and violence, the August 9th Haitian legislative election was rejected by the people of Haiti. Yet, in a cynical re-write of history, the OAS, United States, and European Union put their stamp of approval on the election as a “step forward” for democracy.

As usual, the Haitian people resist. They insist on their right to fair elections. Angry protests across Haiti demand that the August 9th election be annulled. Haiti Action Committee fully supports this demand.

Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, immediately declared the sham election “an electoral coup,” calling for its annulment, and demanded that a commission be convened to investigate. Other political parties soon joined this call. Many candidates throughout the country have formed “candidates’ collectives” to defend the Haitian people’s right to free and fair elections.

Below are some examples of the nation-wide pattern of disruption, voter suppression and terror that occurred during this sham election.


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