Although many have praised the October 25 round of elections for the lack of violence compared to August 9th, there were many irregularities (including ballot stuffing) that day. An observer group from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted that practices for identifying voters varied across polling stations, there wasn’t enough privacy in voting booths, and more transparency is needed in the vote-tallying process.
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Caricom observers warn of ‘anomalies’ in Haiti poll process
October 29, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — A Caribbean Community (Caricom) team that observed the legislative and first-round presidential elections in Haiti last Sunday is warning of “anomalies” that, if not corrected, “could lead to undesirable sequels in the future”.
The 11-member team headed by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr Steve Surujbally, said “too many anomalies pertaining to voting norms exist”, but noted “whether these were accidental or due to deficiencies in the training of the CEP (Provisional Electoral Council) cadre could not be ascertained”.
It noted that the CEP does not recruit its own staff directly, rather extraneous bodies such as non-governmental organisations, political parties and civil society organisations, propose candidates for selection.
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