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Soon-Coming Election Verification Results Will Revive Tensions in Haiti

The results from Haiti’s long-awaited verification commission are set to be published this Sunday after a month of analysis of the two rounds of elections in 2015. With the results, tensions are expected to escalate because no matter the recommendations of the commission, there will be a political faction that’s dissatisfied. It remains to be seen whether the elections will be rerun altogether, whether the fraudulent results from the second round will hold, or whether one or more candidates will be excluded from a final round.

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Election Verification Results Expected this Weekend: What to Expect and What Comes Next?

Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch

May 27, 2016

This Sunday the month-long verification commission that is analyzing Haiti’s elections is expected to release its results. No matter the outcome, Haiti and the international community are bracing for the worst. The U.S. embassy warned yesterday that protests are expected both on Sunday and on Tuesday, when the electoral council said it will announce a new electoral calendar. Rosny Desroches, who led a U.S.-financed local observation mission, predicted a “climate of tension and pressure” after the verification report is released, according to Miami Herald journalist Jacqueline Charles.

Provisional president Jocelerme Privert, who took office after ex-president Michel Martelly’s term ended, created the verification commission after widespread condemnation of fraud following August’s legislative elections and October’s first-round presidential elections. After virtually all of Haiti’s opposition political parties and civil society organizations denounced the continuation of the electoral process without such a commission, Privert said it was needed to restore confidence and credibility to the elections. The U.S. and other actors in the international community, after first trying to prevent the verification, have largely accepted it, while still trying to limit the possible outcomes.

“We hope it is very, very quick and does not change the results of the election,” State Department Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten said on a trip to Haiti in late April.


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