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60 Haitian Diaspora Groups and Leaders Urge U.S. Support for Elections Verification

Wednesday, Haiti’s interim president Privert announced the formation of a commission that will verify the results of Haiti’s elections. While many Haitians and human rights groups have been demanding a verification for months, the international community has categorically disapproved of such a commission. Sixty Haitian diaspora organizations and individuals wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. to stop opposing a verification. According to the letter, “going forward with the final round of elections without first examining the impact of fraud on the results would cast a ‘cloud of political illegitimacy’ over Haiti’s next government.”

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Haitian Americans to Kerry: Stop opposing Haiti elections recount

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

April 7, 2016

Supporters of presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, from the PHTK political party, chant slogans against interim president Jocelerme Privert as they demand he respect the upcoming election date in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 9. The next election is scheduled for April 24 but is likely headed for another postponement.

Sixty Haitian-American leaders and diaspora organizations are calling on the Obama administration to end its staunch opposition to a recount in Haiti’s disputed presidential elections, charging that it is undermining democracy in the Caribbean nation.

The letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, comes a day after provisional President Jocelerme Privert announced that he will soon form an independent verification commission to look into allegations of ballot tampering and multiple vote-buying in the Oct. 25 presidential first round. Privert said the commission is “indispensable” to political stability and putting confidence back in the interrupted electoral process.

The diaspora community is calling for the administration to support such a commission in hopes of salvaging the country’s electoral process. Haiti has been in a paralyzing political and electoral crisis since its presidential elections. Official results pit former president Michel Martelly’s hand-picked successor, Jovenel Moïse, against opposition candidate Jude Célestin. Moise garnered 32.76 percent of the votes, while Célestin had 25.29 percent.


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