There were some major problems with Haiti’s first round of presidential elections on October 25, including very low voter turnout and stuffing of ballot boxes. Now what remains to be seen is how much the rampant fraud will affect the results, and who will go on to the presidential runoff in December. In this radio segment, Brian Concannon explains the issues with October 25 (and the August 9th round before that), and how the US is involved in Haiti’s elections.
The segment description is below. Click HERE to listen to the segment.
Haiti Elections Are So Problematic, They May Be a Prelude to a Coup
Uprising with Sonali
November 2, 2015
GUEST: Brian Concannon Jr., Executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.
Haitians went to the polls on October 25th for the first round of voting in Presidential elections. The elections were to be held in August but were postponed due to violence. Current President Michel Martelly who has long enjoyed US government support, has campaigned heavily for his favored candidate, Jovenel Moise, an agribusiness magnate. Meanwhile, former President Jean Bertrand Aristide of the Lavalas Party, who was ousted in a US-backed coup over 10 years ago and exiled for 7 years, has thrown his weight behind a physician named Dr. Maryse Narcisse. But widespread problems with the vote have raised serious concerns about the first round of voting. There have been widespread reports of vote rigging through stuffing the ballot box, as well as destroying ballots. Martelly’s supporters promise violence if his chosen successor does not make it into the first round.
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