Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Why Haiti’s Election Postponement Was Necessary for Democracy

With all the fraud, violence and other issues in both of the first two rounds of elections in Haiti, it became abundantly clear that the process couldn’t proceed as it was going. This excellent editorial summarizes the issues which led to the final round (second round of presidential elections) being put on hold. The next step is for Haitians to find a way to hold free and fair elections and “emerge from the crisis with a politics worthy of its people.”

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Democracy on Hold in Haiti

The Editorial Board, The New York Times
January 26, 2016

A runoff election on Sunday for president in Haiti was postponed indefinitely late last week. The decision made sense, because with protesters in the streets, violence and gunfire and the torching of electoral offices, it was clear that any vote would be marred by bloodshed and chaos.

It was also good because, with only one candidate participating, any result would be ludicrous and fraudulent.

That candidate is Jovenel Moïse, a political unknown who is the handpicked successor to President Michel Martelly, whose term is up. Mr. Moïse finished first in a first-round election in October, but that election was so tainted by accusations of rigged voting and intimidation that the runner-up, Jude Célestin, denounced the result and refused to campaign in round 2.


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