Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

European Union Must Support Haitian Democracy

This statement discusses the European Union’s role in pressuring Haiti to go forward with elections widely recognized as fraudulent and illegitimate, especially by average Haitians. It emphasizes the importance of fair elections in Haiti and the need for the EU to consider and respect the concerns of Haitian civil society.

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Coordination Europe-Haiti

Brussels, February 3, 2016

Towards a Haitian solution of the current political crisis

The Coordination Europe-Haiti has taken note of the decision taken by the Electoral Council on Friday 22 January to, again, postpone the second round for the presidential elections in Haiti. This decision did not come as a surprise, given the continued and mounting criticism at the validity of the results of rounds on 9 August and 25 October, as formulated by Haitian observation missions. Because of serious and widespread irregularities brought to light by the Commission d’Évaluation Électorale Indépendante, the Haitian people has lost faith in the possibility of organising transparent and fair elections.

In this regard, the Coordination Europe-Haiti observes that the European Union’s Electoral Observation Mission, has taken the position to defend the legitimacy of the 25 October election outcome, even after the Government of Haiti’s decision to postpone the second round indefinitely. The EU’s observation mission was the only international mission to do so explicitly.1

The current situation gives reason for concern, not only from a political point of view, but also in social and economic terms, Note the climbing rate of the local currency against the US dollar, the impact of cholera and the Zika virus, and the food security situation (see the latest analyses of of Haiti’s Coordination Nationale de la Sécurité Alimentaire.) A response to the most basic needs of the Haitian population will only be possible through the election of responsible politicians, whose legitimacy would not be contested by broad segments of Haitian society.

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