Many who want Haiti’s elections to proceed with the two candidates who were named as front-runners have cited the Organization of American States’ quick count as proof that the elections were legitimate. The problem is that the quick count only verifies that the votes counted were consistent with the votes cast. It doesn’t say anything about whether the original votes cast were legitimate to begin with. Most people following the elections agree that they weren’t, as a massive number of party officials were allowed to vote and often voted multiple times.
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Why the OAS Quick Count Doesn’t Mean What They Want You to Think it Means
Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch
February 1, 2016
With less than a week left in Haitian President Michel Martelly’s term, and no elected successor to take office, Haiti remains mired in political uncertainty. As negotiations take place over what comes next, one key issue will be whether to go back and investigate the first round results before moving forward.
Many within the international community and the Haitian government are seeking to move forward as quickly as possible with the same two candidates that were scheduled to participate in the January 24 runoff. On the other hand, protesters and many within civil society are advocating a further investigation and verification of the vote. The Organization of American States (OAS) dispatched a special mission to Haiti yesterday to facilitate dialogue on next steps.
The main argument against further verification has relied on the “quick count” conducted by the OAS on election day that was based on a sample of tally sheets observed from polling centers throughout the country.
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