On Monday, Haiti’s Independent Commission on Evaluation and Verification, a small panel tasked with evaluating last year’s elections, confirmed the suspected high level of electoral fraud. While the commission called on the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to completely restart the presidential elections, many voices, including politicians, foreigns diplomats, and civil society groups, have brought to light the report’s account of fraud not only in the presidential, but also in the legislative elections. Their concern includes the complete lack of female officials elected, citing the commission’s statement that at least one woman, Nétlande Pierre Dérius, did indeed win by popular vote.
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Some say Haiti vote verification doesn’t go far enough
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
May 31, 2016
In the days after Haiti’s newly installed parliament took office, everyone from politicians to foreign diplomats lamented that there wasn’t one female elected among the 116 lawmakers.
Now, a special verification commission charged with auditing last year’s disputed legislative and presidential elections says there was in fact at least one lone woman — Nétlande Pierre Dérius of the Artibonite — who won, and her case along with 21 other legislature contestations should be remanded to a special electoral court for reinstatement.
The recommendations, based on a random sample of 25 percent of the results from polling stations around the country, have ignited debate in Haiti. On Tuesday, leading opposition presidential candidates called on the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to sanction those responsible for the fraud.