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Will Haiti Interim Government Have Election Verification?

Haiti’s interim government has just named the new Provisional Electoral Council, which is in charge of organizing the elections. Though the accord that set the terms for the interim government calls for elections by April 24, many experts have said that there is no longer enough time to do that. Many Haitians are also still calling for a verification of the previous rounds of elections. The international community, on the other hand, is calling for elections to be held as soon as possible.

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Haiti’s presidential elections dilemma: to recount or not?

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

March 30, 2016

In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, of the Lavalas party, removes an election campaign sign of presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, in front of a sign of his rival, Jude Celestin, during a protest against election results in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Celestin and the other presidential candidates that dub themselves the “Group of Eight” have been demanding an independent recount due to what they assert was “massive fraud” in favor of Moise, the government-backed contender in October elections.

A new elections commission took charge of Haiti’s disputed electoral process Wednesday, its nine members taking the oath of office before a panel of judges and members of the country’s newly installed caretaker government.

The swearing in came less than 24 hours after provisional President Jocelerme Privert issued a presidential order re-establishing the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), and nearly two months after the process was postponed for a second time against mounting tensions over allegations of widespread electoral fraud and increasing security concerns.

“What the president of the republic had to do concerning the elections, he has done it,” presidential spokesman Serge Simon said shortly before the ceremony. “Now, it is the CEP that will need to evaluate the situation and see how it will advance.”


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