Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

As Haiti Preps for Election Verification, PHTK Plans Protests

Haiti’s final round of elections has been postponed once again as the interim government prepares to verify the previous rounds. Former president Martelly’s party, PHTK, has joined the international community in standing against a verification with Martelly going so far as to write a letter to interim president Privert. In response to Martelly’s condemnation of the continued election delays, Privert’s supporters reminded Martelly that he played a major role in the elections being so badly delayed in the first place. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As Haiti misses presidential runoff deadline, protests scheduled Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 23, 2016 Once more, Haiti is missing an election deadline Sunday — and will not have an elected president in office by May 14, the date stipulated in a Feb. 5 political accord to transfer power from […]

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 […]

60 Haitian Diaspora Groups and Leaders Urge U.S. Support for Elections Verification

Wednesday, Haiti’s interim president Privert announced the formation of a commission that will verify the results of Haiti’s elections. While many Haitians and human rights groups have been demanding a verification for months, the international community has categorically disapproved of such a commission. Sixty Haitian diaspora organizations and individuals wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. to stop opposing a verification. According to the letter, “going forward with the final round of elections without first examining the impact of fraud on the results would cast a ‘cloud of political illegitimacy’ over Haiti’s next government.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Americans to Kerry: Stop opposing Haiti elections recount Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 7, 2016 Sixty Haitian-American leaders and diaspora organizations are calling on the Obama administration to end its staunch […]

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