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As Haiti Preps for Election Verification, International Community Threatens to Reduce Aid

Once again, Haiti’s final round of presidential elections has been delayed. This time, the delay is meant to allow a verification of the results from previous rounds of elections, which supporters of a verification deem absolutely necessary for Haitians to regain confidence in the electoral process. The international community on the other hand, led by the United States, has been consistently anti-verification and has begun to withhold aid to Haiti in hopes of speeding the electoral process.

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Haiti Update: The Political Impasse That’s Delaying the Presidential Runoff

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

April 21, 2016

Jocelerme Privert

Sunday, April 24, marks the third time that Haiti’s presidential runoff election will be postponed. On April 17, the country’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) officially announced that the elections for the presidential runoff, six senatorial seats, and 27 congressional deputies will be delayed indefinitely, after earlier attempts to hold them on December 27 and January 24. Meanwhile, an interim government headed by President Jocelerme Privert and Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles has 120 days, as of February 7, or until June 6, to carry out elections.

At the same time, international supporters are growing weary, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made clear this month: “The Haitian players, the so-called leaders, need to understand there’s a clear limit to the patience and the willingness of the international community to condone this process of delay.”

The Political Impasse

At the heart of the political impasse is Privert’s call to create a verification commission, a move that some international and domestic players oppose. With ongoing protests since the first round of the presidential election on October 25, 2015, Privert says a review of the original results is necessary to regain voters’ trust.


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