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Haiti Election Verification Commission Finally Installed

After months of Haitians calling for an election verification because of massive fraud in the first two rounds of elections, a verification commission has finally been put in place. The opposition to a verification is still fierce though, from both the international community and supporters of PHTK, former president Martelly’s party. PHTK supporters have been protesting in the streets to demand that the elections proceed as they are. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that the US is losing patience with the election delays. Haiti’s interim president and those in support of a verification, however, are clear that this is an important step in making sure the elections are democratic.

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New Haiti commission has 30 days to verify elections results

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

April 28, 2016

A supporter of the PHTK presidential candidate Jovenel Moise plays the role of provisional President Jocelerme Privert lying in a makeshift casket during a protest to demand the government restart the electoral process for a presidential runoff that has been postponed three times, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The U.S. State Department's special coordinator for Haiti arrived Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in the Caribbean nation in limbo.

Acknowledging the opposition by some Haitians and foreign diplomats to any recount of last year’s disputed elections, Haiti’s interim president on Thursday installed a five-member commission to help determine who should serve in parliament and who should head into a presidential runoff.

“The commission is indispensable to assure the credibility of the electoral process,” President Jocelerme Privert said during a ceremony at the National Palace.

The former head of the Haitian Senate, Privert was elected by a joint session of parliament on Feb. 14 to resume Haiti’s interrupted elections by April 24 and transfer power to a new president on May 14. But the failure to meet either of those deadlines has made him a target of criticism from foreign diplomats, the international community, the opposition, and former President Michel Martelly. Martelly, who did not hold one election during his four years in office, stepped down on Feb. 7 without an elected successor because of the disputed vote.


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