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Haiti Election Postponement Provides Opportunity for Progress

These is a crisis going on in Haiti surrounding its recent elections marred by fraud and violence. Many believe that the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in charge of the elections cannot be trusted to hold fair and honest elections. As the CEP has postponed the final round originally scheduled for December 27, this is an opportunity for all stakeholders to demonstrate leadership in coming up with solutions to the crisis. Whether a whole new CEP is needed or not, voter confidence and democracy need to be restored going forward.

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Fixing Haiti’s crisis of confidence

Editorial Board, Miami Herald
December 22, 2015

A U.N. peacekeeper takes cover behind soldiers during a protest against Haiti’s electoral council in Port-au-Prince last week.

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council — CEP —wisely decided on Monday to postpone Sunday’s presidential runoff election, as well as parliamentary runoffs and voting for local offices. Given the violence and accusations of fraud swirling around earlier rounds of balloting, the runoff was discredited even before votes were cast.

The delay does not by itself offer a resolution of Haiti’s electoral crisis, however. What needs to happen is an honest, credible effort to investigate what went wrong earlier — and fix it.

President Michel Martelly and the CEP have a responsibility to ensure a clean election that can lead to a legitimate new government when his own term expires on Feb. 7.


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