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12 Haitian Senators Put Their Salaries Towards Elections

With the United States’ decision to withdraw funding for Haiti’s elections, Haiti has to find a way to fill the gap in funds for the electoral process. Twelve Haitian Senators have decided to give two months of their salaries to the elections pot. While this article questions the Senators’ motives, this could be a step towards Haiti financing its own elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Elections : 12 senators give their wages HaitiLibre July 14, 2016 The majority group to the Senate composed of 12 senators : Nenel Cassy, Evallière Beauplan, Ricard Pierre, Francisco Delacruz, François Luca Sainvil, Stevens Iverson Benoît, Francenet Denius, Jean Baptiste Bien Aimé, Westner Polycarpe, Fritz Carlos Lebon, Ronald Larèche and Antonio Cheramy, indicates in a correspondence that following the precariousness of State revenues to help achieve […]

U.S. Pulls Funding for Haiti Elections

The U.S. State department announced on Thursday that they will not be financing the next round of Haitian elections. Having already put in $33 million to finance the first round of elections, the U.S. says they did not plan funding for 2 more electoral rounds. This decision comes with the European Union’s decision to pull its electoral mission from Haiti last month. It seems Haiti is on her own, but spokespeople say that Haiti will come up with the funds needed to finance the elections because it is of utmost priority. Click HERE for the full article. — U. S. to Haiti: Pay for your own elections Jacqueline Charles Miami Herald July 7th, 2016  The U.S. will not be financing Haiti’s Oct. 9 rerun presidential elections, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. Kirby said Haitian officials were notified on […]

Concern from E.U. and U.S. Over Election Rerun

Both the E.U. and the U.S. have expressed concern with the decision of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council to rerun the country’s presidential elections, while the OAS has supported it. In reaction to the decision, the E.U. closed its observer mission in Haiti, while the U.S. State Department announced its “regret” that the election will be prolonged even further. How the reactions of the E.U. and U.S. will affect the funding for the elections remains uncertain, but the OAS has pledged to continue to play a “positive role in the electoral process”. Part of the article is below, click HERE for the full text. U.S., EU criticize Haiti presidential elections rerun Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald 6/8/2016   Haiti’s decision to rerun its disputed first-round presidential vote continued to ripple through the international community Wednesday as the European Union and the United States criticized the move, […]

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 […]

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