With all of the attention on the presidential elections that began in October 2015, many seem to have forgotten about the fraud and violence that decided the August 2015 elections. The analysis below describes how those with the most money and power were able to take key spots in Haiti’s legislature during and following Haiti’s first round of elections.
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Power and Money Rules in Artibonite Legislative Elections
Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch, Center for Economic and Policy Research
February 7, 2016
Months before the August legislative elections last year, a small scandal erupted in the electoral bureau of Haiti’s Artibonite department. Nine months later Haiti remains mired in a political crisis, but how this came to be has faded from the headlines.
Tracing the election’s flaws from the beginning, in the Artibonite Valley, reveals just how corrupt the electoral process has been and how the politics of power and money have subverted the democratic will of the Haitian people and the elections’ credibility from day one.
In April, Louis Frantz Dort replaced Ralph Ederson Dieuconserve in the departmental electoral bureau of the Artibonite. “This suspicious change is evidence that an electoral coup is being prepared for the Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) in the Artibonite,” political activist, Délice Jacques, told the local press. The PHTK is the party of current president Michel Martelly, whom human rights organizations, religious leaders and the political opposition have accused of manipulating the elections for his own benefit and that of his allies. But in the Artibonite, this takes on a unique dynamic.
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