On Monday, a five-member panel tasked with evaluating the vote announced its results after weeks of analyzing Haiti’s 2015 first-round presidential elections. They found that the number of untraceable votes surpassed the legitimate votes and recommended a re-run of the election, handing over their report to the revamped Provisional Electoral Council to make the final decision on whether or not to restart the presidential race from zero. Calling into question both the legitimacy of the specific 2015 presidential elections and the general electoral machine, the panel’s condemnation revives political tension in Haiti as the verdict exhibits the complete disregard for one-person-one-vote democracy in previous rounds.
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Haiti Panel Calls for Re-run of Presidential Elections
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
May 30, 2016
The results of Haiti’s contested first-round presidential elections were such a disaster that the process should recommence at zero, the head of a five-member panel charged with reviewing the vote told the nation Monday.
Francois Benoit made the recommendation during a ceremony at the National Palace in which he handed over a 105-page report, the results of a month-long audit by the Independent Commission of Evaluation and Verification, to interim President Jocelerme Privert. Privert, in turn, gave the report to the revamped Provisional Electoral Council, which will ultimately decide whether to accept the recommendation. It had planned to announce a new elections calendar on Tuesday.
The commission audited 25 percent of the results, or 3,325 tally sheets from 13,000 polling stations across the country.
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