IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips was interviewed on Haiti’s developing electoral crisis. Despite many reports on fraud and protests, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council published official results for the first-round presidential elections showing a contested candidate as the front-runner. Political candidates, civil society organizations (including Conference of Haitian Pastors), and ordinary Haitians continue taking to the streets to demand a fair, transparent election.
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Haiti’s Presidential Election; World AIDS Day; and Updates on Pope in Central African Republic, Burundi Crisis and African Refugees
December 2, 2015
Today Africa Now! starts with continued focus on Haiti’s election process. On November 24 the Provisional Electoral (CEP) in Haiti released results of the October 25 first round of the presidential election. According to the CEP government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise came first and Jude Célestin was second and they the two to compete in the run-off on December 27. But many Haitians and independent observers; and Jude Célestin and other opposition presidential candidates have serious reservations with the results. On Sunday November 29 the Conference of Haitian Pastors in a statement called the publication of final results as an “act of high treason.” On December 1 Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali had a conversation on the situation surrounding Haiti’s Presidential Election with Ms. Nicole Phillips who observed the legislative and presidential elections and is briefly in the U.S. Ms. Nicole Phillips is Staff Attorney, at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and also Assistant Director of Haiti programs and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, as well as a law professor at the Université de la Foundation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince.
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