The Congressional Blog, The Hill, has published IJDH Director Brian Concannon’s op-ed on Haiti’s elections. In it, he urges the US State Department to use its influence to make sure that Haiti’s elections are fair and democratic, rather than accepting the severely flawed process so far. Disenchanted Haitians are protesting and demanding a fair process but so far, the US has dismissed complaints and said the process must keep going forward.
Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.
The show must not go on
Brian Concannon, The Hill
December 8, 2015
Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, is a charismatic showman who has been a faithful ally to the Obama administration for the past five years. But it is time for his public office curtain call, and the administration needs to stop supporting his illegal efforts to extend his engagement.
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.
The plan is working, so far. The government’s parties and its allies claim close to a majority in Parliament, and Martelly’s anointed successor, Jovenel Moise, was credited with 34 percent of the vote and first place in the first round presidential voting. A runoff between Moise and second-place candidate Jude Celestin is scheduled for December 27.
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