Although Haiti’s second round of elections–which includes the first round for President–went much better than the first round, a lot is still up in the air. At many voting centers, there were more party observers (mandataires) than voters, the mandataires sometimes voted multiple times or gave out credentials to others after voting, and the votes still have to be counted. Some of the ballots will be thrown out due to fraud but it is unclear how many and how rampant fraud was throughout the country. Regardless of the presidential outcome, the fraud that plagued the first round of elections has important implications for Haiti’s next government.
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Landmark Haiti Elections Go Ahead Without Violence
Jake Johnston, VICE News
October 26, 2015
After violence and fraud marred legislative elections in August, voting was significantly smoother throughout the country as Haitians went to the polls to elect a new president on Sunday. A total of 142 mayoral positions were also up for grabs, and second round elections were held for deputy and senate seats where the vote had not been cancelled in August.
“Decisions were taken to increase the security,” which led to a decrease in violent incidents, said the head of the Organization of American States observation mission, Celso Amorim, expressing his satisfaction with the process thus far. Heavily armed, masked police officers were visible throughout the day in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities.
Of 119 races for deputy, 25 had to be re-run after voting centers were ransacked or votes were thrown out due to fraud in the chaotic August vote. In three of Haiti’s ten departments, final senate results were postponed pending the outcome of the electoral reruns. But on Sunday, only 8 centers were closed, according to the government.
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