IJDH’s Executive Director Brian Concannon talks about how President Martelly’s plan to hold to power so far is working. Further review of recent elections shows that there has been a high level of voter fraud in the Haitian elections to keep the incumbent in power through his successor, Jovenel Moise.
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Election crisis brings us to a dangerous crossroads
Brian Concannon, Boston Haitian Reporter
December 11, 2015
Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, is reaching a crossroads with his relationship with Haitians at home and in the diaspora, as well as with the United States government. As the evidence of fraud and other irregularities in Haiti’s elections mount, Haitians are taking to the streets, the airwaves, the pulpit and the internet to insist on the elections that Haitian voters deserve. The United States government has nevertheless continued to support President Martelly, but it cannot forever ignore the hard truths of problems with the elections and Haitians’ outrage.
President Martelly’s term ends next February 7, and Haiti’s Constitution prohibits his re-election. The singer-turned-politician is trying to hold on to power anyway by manipulating a three-part series of elections this year for almost every elected office in the country.
According to the official results, the plan is working so far. The government’s parties and its allies claim close to a majority in Parliament, and Mr. Martelly’s anointed successor, Jovenel Moise, was credited with 34% of the vote and first place in the first round presidential voting. A runoff between Mr. Moise and second-place candidate Jude Celestin is scheduled for December 27.
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