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Final Haiti elections will be delayed but verification still not yet decided

As many had predicted due to the amount of time left to do so, elections won’t be held on April 24 as stipulated in a Feb 5th accord. Berlanger, the head of Haiti’s latest Electoral Council did not set a new date for the next round, explaining that the problems with Haiti’s electoral process need to be solved before that can happen. While this implies a verification of the previous election rounds, which many have been demanding since October, Berlanger stopped short of announcing a verification. The United States, along with others in the international community, is against a verification because they want the elections to be completed as soon as possible.

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Haiti presidential runoff elections headed to another delay

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

April 5, 2016

Former presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse greets supporters chanting “Maryse for president!” during a protest demanding last year’s two general election votes be recounted in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. The protest also marked the 12th year since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

It’s not yet official, but the head of Haiti’s newly revamped Provisional Electoral Council made it clear Tuesday that the country’s repeatedly postponed final round, scheduled for the last Sunday of this month, won’t happen that day.

Léopold Berlanger, a media executive who was appointed president of the nine-member council after members were sworn in last week, said they couldn’t talk about an election calendar until they first figure out what’s ailing the nation’s electoral process.

He also punted on the politically thorny issue of a recount. Berlanger said the formation of a verification commission to address the allegations of “massive” fraud and determine who belongs in the second round “is a political decision” best left to others.


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