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International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments

      MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 18, 2016 Contacts : Vilés Alizar, Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3704 6506 (French, Kreyol) Marie Yolène Gilles Colas, Assistant Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3728 8466 (French, Kreyol) Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3776 2110 (French, Kreyol) Jessica Hsu, foreign observer with Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 4451 5563, jesseshoe@gmail.com (English, Kreyol) Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), +509 3494 2879, johnston@cepr.net (English, Spanish) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), nicole@ijdh.org, +509 4645 2888 (English, French, Kreyol) International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments Members of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), National […]

Timeline of Key Events in 2016 Haiti Elections

Below is part of the Center for Economic & Policy Research’s timeline for Haitian elections. It provides some important background information for understanding the elections scheduled for Sunday, November 20. Read the full article HERE. Haiti Election Primer, Part 1: Timeline of Key Events Jake Johnston, Center for Economic & Policy Research November 15th, 2016 Less than a week from now, on November 20, Haiti heads to the polls to choose a new president as well as dozens of legislative seats. The electoral process started in 2015 but has been repeatedly delayed and postponed due to post-election protests, candidates’ boycotts, and more recently Hurricane Matthew. The results of last October’s first-round presidential election were thrown out on the recommendation of an independent investigative commission that identified significant levels of fraud and other irregularities. Below is a timeline that traces the major […]

Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

Where Did $33 Million Spent on Haiti’s Elections Go?

Haiti’s recent elections that were marred by fraud cost more than $100 million to finance. Most of this funding came from international donors, and the United States contributed $33 million to the process. Now, US officials are balking to finance yet another election in the fall — but it’s important to note where that $33 million actually went. For one, US money did not go to electoral authorities, but rather to US programs in support of elections. Money was given to the DC-based Consortium for Elections and Political Processes, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and the National Democratic Institute. Over $19 million was given to different United Nations agencies rather than to financing the actual election itself ($9.7 million to UNDP, $7.57 million on UNOPS, and an additional $1.77 million when they threatened to pull out). So while the United States […]

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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’s President Announces Election Verification Despite International Opposition

Haiti’s interim President, Privert, has announced that the electoral verification commission Haitians have been demanding for months will be created. This is despite pressure from the United States and other international donors to hold the final round of elections as soon as possible, including withholding much-needed funds from the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank. Haitian human rights and civil society groups have emphasized that a government seated without a verification process will be seen as illegitimate. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti President Calls for Electoral Verification Mission Opposed by International Donors Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch April 14, 2016 Interim President Jocelerme Privert has announced his intention to move forward with the creation of an electoral verification commission. But the commission faces significant pushback from both international actors who provide the […]

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