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Haiti’s Presidential Election Results Protested

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Committee, CEP, declared Jovenal Moïse the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, with 600,000 votes. 2nd was Jude Célestin, and third was Moïse Jean-Charles. After hurricane Matthew and lacking funding for elections, voter turnout was especially low. Due to “irregularities,” 10% of the tallying sheets were thrown out, and without explanation three of CEP’s nine members did not sign off on the results. Below is an excerpt of The Guardian‘s report. Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election The Guardian/Reuters November 29th, 2016 Moïse, a banana exporter who ran for former president Michel Martelly’s Bald Heads party, won with 55.67% of votes cast in the 20 November election, the electoral council said on Monday. The result avoids a second round run-off next year. … Jude Célestin, a mechanical engineer who had led a government construction firm, came in second. He received […]

Haiti’s Rival Parties Claim Victory in Elections

Former president Martelly’s PHTK party declared victory, despite the continuation of ballot counting by Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). With partial voting returns, PHTK spokesman precipitously declared the election victorious for Jovenel Moise; “hundreds” of Fanmi Lavalas supporters in Port-au-Prince also claim they secured victory in Maryse Narcisse. CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned directly after polls closed Sunday of provisional and incomplete returns “should not be used to predict the result.” State Department spokesman John Kirby encouraged preparing a second round vote if needed and a new president “in early 2017″ in Haiti. Read part of the article below. Rival parties claim victory in Haiti’s presidential election American Foreign Press, France 24 November 22nd, 2016 Two of Haiti’s biggest parties stoked tension on Monday by claiming victory for their candidates in a long-delayed presidential election days before official results are due to be released.Nearly 6.2 […]

How can Haiti regain its independence?

Though Haiti gained its independence in 1804, one can argue that Haiti began to lose that independence less than two decades later when it was forced to start paying France back for lost slaves and property. Almost immediately after Haiti finished paying that “debt” in 80 years, the U.S. military occupied the country for 19 years. Haitian leaders also took advantage of the insecurity, sometimes with the help of foreign countries. This author argues that the only way Haiti can regain its independence is to rid itself of the constant foreign help and take matters into its own hands. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Only Haitians can save Haiti Joel Dreyfuss, The Washington Post August 24, 2016 Joel Dreyfuss is a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. Haiti won a rare victory on […]

Haiti Takes Steps to Begin Electoral Process

Ever since the United States announced that it would not fund Haiti’s elections because it disagreed with Haiti redoing them entirely, some worried that Haiti would not be able to pull off elections without those funds. Now, Haiti’s Electoral Council is taking some concrete steps towards beginning the process in earnest. A budget for the elections has been released and a timeline of 45 days for the candidates to campaign has been announced. Many within and outside Haiti are looking to see if Haiti can succeed in running more honest elections on its own. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti kicks off presidential campaigning with a timid start Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald August 23, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Campaigning for Haiti’s Oct. 9 presidential do-over elections got off to a timid start Tuesday with the country’s […]

Pervasive Haiti Voter Fraud Doesn’t Stop at the Presidential Elections

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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 […]

La Commission de vérification électorale en Haïti: le processus soit repris à zéro

Après un mois de travail d’analyse, François Benoît, le président de la Commission de vérification électorale en Haïti, recommande désormais l’annulation totale du vote. La Commission a trouvé que le nombre de votes non traçables a quasiment dépassé les votes légitimes, qu’il y avait eu trafic de cartes de vote, vendues au plus offrant.  Il revient maintenant au Conseil électoral de trancher mais il se donne jusqu’à lundi prochain pour publier le nouveau calendrier des élections. Une part de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Crise électorale en Haïti: l’annulation du scrutin présidentiel recommandée Andres Martinez Casares, Les Voix du Monde 30 mai 2016 La crise électorale n’en finit plus en Haïti : le second tour de l’élection présidentielle a été reporté sine die depuis décembre en raison des accusations de fraudes formulées par l’opposition. Après un mois de […]

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