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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 […]

A clearly failed election brings more questions for democracy

Haiti’s recent election, wrought with fraud and corruption, was a failure in upholding the integrity of the democratic process. The necessity of a re-election is undeniable but this leaves many questions unanswered: Who will oversee it, finance it, and be allowed onto the ballot? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Let’s get Haiti’s vote right this time Editorial, Miami Herald May 31, 2016 The handwriting was on the wall even before Haiti’s Independent Commission of Evaluation and Verification formalized its finding on Monday: The round of elections for president in October was so rife with fraud that a new vote is required. The conclusion was inevitable. It concurs with the findings of many election observers and what has become the prevailing consensus in Haiti. Haitians were so skeptical of the outcome that gave first place to […]

Election Verification Threatens Haiti Presidential Front-runner

Despite strong opposition to a verification of the previous rounds of elections in Haiti by the former president’s party, PHTK, the verification process is underway. For the first time, it seems like the named presidential front-runner, Jovenel Moïse, fears losing his position. Many of the people calling for verification suspect that much of the electoral fraud was in favor of Moïse, PHTK’s candidate. If this is found to be true, he will likely be disqualified from the next round of elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Jovenel fears disqualification from Haiti presidential election Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel May 8, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The candidate for the party of the former totalitarian regime began, on Monday, to express his fear that the newly installed Election Verification Commission may determine he benefited from an […]

As Haiti Preps for Election Verification, International Community Threatens to Reduce Aid

Once again, Haiti’s final round of presidential elections has been delayed. This time, the delay is meant to allow a verification of the results from previous rounds of elections, which supporters of a verification deem absolutely necessary for Haitians to regain confidence in the electoral process. The international community on the other hand, led by the United States, has been consistently anti-verification and has begun to withhold aid to Haiti in hopes of speeding the electoral process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Update: The Political Impasse That’s Delaying the Presidential Runoff Elizabeth Gonzalez, Americas Society/Council of the Americas April 21, 2016 Sunday, April 24, marks the third time that Haiti’s presidential runoff election will be postponed. On April 17, the country’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) officially announced that the elections for the presidential runoff, six […]

Key Member of International Community Supports Haiti Election Verification

Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States and the OAS, made a statement to the Miami Herald earlier this month, in support of an election verification in Haiti. Now, he’s added an op-ed to the conversation, further explaining how the legitimacy of Haiti’s next government is at stake if the verification doesn’t happen. Sanders makes a valid point that: “If Jovenel Moïse and Jude Célestin, who emerged from the first round as contenders, have faith in their electability, they should have no fear of verification.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Don’t rush Haiti’s presidential vote Sir Ronald Sanders, Miami Herald April 20. 2016 Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for […]

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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