Haiti’s August 9th round of elections was deeply flawed and widely denounced by Haitian activists and human rights groups. Yet the United States, the Martelly government, and the Provisional Electoral Council essentially declared the election good enough to proceed with its results. This article examines the importance of this reaction, particularly from the US, in destabilizing Haiti. It compares this flawed election with that of 2010 (which is generally accepted as flawed though this round was worse) and discusses past US interventions in Haiti, concluding that fair and inclusive elections without interference are the only way for Haiti to advance.
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Haiti: US interference wins elections
Kevin Moran and Azadeh Shahshahani, The Hill
October 13, 2015
Haiti’s sham election on Aug. 9, 2015 was characterized by extremely low voter turnout, with just 18 percent of registered voters going to the polls. Additionally, 23 percent of all votes were never counted, due to fraud and violence on Election Day. By comparison, in the deeply flawed 2010 election, the number of uncounted tally sheets was 12 percent.
The Martelly government, his PHTK party, and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) nevertheless declared the electoral process to be broadly satisfactory and minimized the extent of irregularities. The West, led by the U.S., also blessed this outcome.
In the opinion of the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, Pamela Ann White, results of the first round of legislative elections were acceptable, even if there was violence and irregularities.
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