Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

Special Verification Commission Declares Massive Fraud in Haitian Presidential Elections

After being installed by Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert one month ago, a five-member verification commission charged with evaluating the 2015 presidential elections came to the conclusion that electoral fraud indeed appeared to have been masterminded at the highest level. On Monday, Commission President Pierre Francois Benoit recommended a complete re-run to the final decision making body, the reconfigured Provisional Electoral Council. Benoit pointed to signs of significant fraud, including multiple ballots with the same fingerprint and deceased voter participation. The first place candidate of the election was Jovenel Moise, a Tet Kale party candidate handpicked and well-funded by the previous President Michel Martelly. Moise has yet to comment on the commission’s findings. While some international monitors believe the fall balloting reflects the true will of the voters, number two finisher Jude Celestin has voiced his discontent in conjunction with the expressed concern of several civil society groups. […]

According to Electoral Commission, Haiti’s Presidential Elections Were a Complete Disaster

On Monday, a five-member panel tasked with evaluating the vote announced its results after weeks of analyzing Haiti’s 2015 first-round presidential elections. They found that the number of untraceable votes surpassed the legitimate votes and recommended a re-run of the election, handing over their report to the revamped Provisional Electoral Council to make the final decision on whether or not to restart the presidential race from zero. Calling into question both the legitimacy of the specific 2015 presidential elections and the general electoral machine, the panel’s condemnation revives political tension in Haiti as the verdict exhibits the complete disregard for one-person-one-vote democracy in previous rounds. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Panel Calls for Re-run of Presidential Elections Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald May 30, 2016 The results of Haiti’s contested first-round presidential elections were such a disaster that the process should recommence at […]

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