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Does validation of Haiti’s election allow optimism for cholera aid?

David Nabarro, who is heading up the United Nations’ cholera response in Haiti, has high hopes for funding the plan now that Jovenel Moise has been confirmed as Haiti’s new president. Though contributions from UN member states besides France and South Korea have been slow, Nabarro hopes that funding will pick up now that there is an established government for the funds to go into. The World Economic Forum will take place later this month and Nabarro plans to use that opportunity to convince potential donors to invest in a long-term plan for Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN hopes Haiti election will open door for cholera aid World Bulletin January 7, 2017 The United Nations is struggling to get pledged aid for Haiti’s cholera epidemic victims but hopes nascent political stability […]

Questions of Fraud in Haiti’s November 20 Elections

Reports of problems on Haiti’s election fay continue to surface, calling into question the legitimacy of the preliminary results that named Jovenel Moise, protégé of former president Martelly, as the new president. The problems include many voters not finding their names on the lists, voters being told to go even 147 miles from their homes to vote, ballots for other candidates found in the streets, and a nationwide blackout after the polls closed. Thousands of Haitians have been protesting in the streets and the three candidates named second, third and fourth have officially contested the preliminary election results. Three members of the 9-member Electoral Council also refused to sign off on the preliminary results. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Human Rights and Alternative Media Delegation Report on Haiti’s Elections Pierre Labossiere and Margaret […]

Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

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 (sentinel.ht) – 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 […]

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