Reports of problems on Haiti’s election fay continue to surface, calling into question the legitimacy of the preliminary results that named Jovenel Moise, protégé of former president Martelly, as the new president. The problems include many voters not finding their names on the lists, voters being told to go even 147 miles from their homes to vote, ballots for other candidates found in the streets, and a nationwide blackout after the polls closed. Thousands of Haitians have been protesting in the streets and the three candidates named second, third and fourth have officially contested the preliminary election results. Three members of the 9-member Electoral Council also refused to sign off on the preliminary results.
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Human Rights and Alternative Media Delegation Report on Haiti’s Elections
Pierre Labossiere and Margaret Prescod, Counterpunch
December 9, 2016
Lead Up to Election Day
Friday, November 18th was the last day of campaigning for Haiti’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections which were to be held on Sunday, November 20th. On Friday we visited Delmas 2 where we met with activists on the ground including women and men. Preparations were underway for the get-out-the vote campaign. In Delmas 2 there were banners and other materials for the Lavalas Presidential candidate Dr. Maryse Narcisse. Several people expressed to us the widespread concern that the election maybe stolen, nevertheless the people we spoke to felt it was nevertheless important to vote.
Later on Friday, we visited Cite Soleil where a massive march was taking place. The March preceded and followed a motorcade with former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide and Dr. Maryse Narcisse. Tens of thousands took part in the march. The atmosphere was festive with music and dancing. The mood in the crowd was determined, although some we spoke to also expressed concerns about a stolen election, people generally seemed enthusiastic about voting. A popular song poking fun at Jovenal Moise the candidate endorsed by former President Michel Martelly entitled “Banann” was often played and all seemed to know the words and sang along.
Early that evening there was a massive Lavalas rally at the old airfield in Delmas 2. The crowd grew to tens of thousands. There was a notable lack of western media present at that rally. The mood was joyful and enthusiastic, many there said, including some of the speakers, that if the election was not fraudulent, Dr. Narcisse would win on the first round.
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