On Thursday, Haitian president Michel Martelly announced the creation of a commission to evaluate Haiti’s elections, seemingly in response to demands by average Haitians, presidential candidates, senators, and even the Prime Minister. It is unclear, though, whether this commission meets those demands, particularly that an investigatory commission be impartial, and that the current presidential race results not stand. Instead, it seems like this commission seeks to find a way to have the electoral process continue despite the widespread fraud in the first two rounds.
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Martelly Forms Commission to Evaluate Haiti Elections, But Can it Break Impasse?
Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch
December 17, 2015
After increasing pressure from opposition politicians, human rights organizations, religious leaders and diaspora organizations, Haitian president Michel Martelly has issued a decree forming a commission to evaluate the recent first-round presidential elections, held in October. Backed by the international community, the move is a last-ditch effort to save the December 27 run-off election.
Consisting of five individuals who were named in the presidential decree, the body will have three days to carry out its work and make recommendations to the electoral council and government. The election, set to be held next weekend, is expected to be delayed until January 2016, though no formal announcement has been made.
Contacted by HRRW, Rosny Desroches, a leader of a local observation group funded by the U.S. and Canada and a member of the commission, said that the exact terms of reference were still being debated and the commission likely wouldn’t get started until Friday or Saturday. Specifically, there was still debate about the time frame, as three days seemed too short, he said. “The main idea is to improve the process so that what happened on the 25th [of October] will not be repeated,” Desroches added.
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