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OAS Quick Count Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story of Haiti Elections

Many who want Haiti’s elections to proceed with the two candidates who were named as front-runners have cited the Organization of American States’ quick count as proof that the elections were legitimate. The problem is that the quick count only verifies that the votes counted were consistent with the votes cast. It doesn’t say anything about whether the original votes cast were legitimate to begin with. Most people following the elections agree that they weren’t, as a massive number of party officials were allowed to vote and often voted multiple times. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why the OAS Quick Count Doesn’t Mean What They Want You to Think it Means Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch February 1, 2016 With less than a week left in Haitian […]

Despite warnings, US pushes for fraudulent elections to proceed

With daily protests and one candidate boycotting, many fear that holding elections on January 24 will result in major violence in Haiti. Still, the Haitian (besides the Senate) and US governments are pushing for the elections to proceed regardless. Apparently, “Some experts wondered whether American officials were worried about being called before Congress to testify about the money spent on such a flawed process.” Either way, Haitians are not likely to let such fraudulent elections proceed without a challenge. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. Presses for Haiti Runoff Vote Amid Fears of Violence and Fraud Frances Robles, The New York Times January 21, 2016 After spending more than $33 million on a widely discredited election in Haiti, the United States has been pressing the country’s leaders to go ahead with a runoff presidential […]

How Haiti’s Elections Have Been Rigged

Haiti’s 2015-2016 elections have been marked by rampant fraud, voter suppression, and other problems. This cheeky “guide” breaks all of those problems down to explain how the current results don’t represent the popular will. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: A Beginner’s Guide to Fixing Elections Haiti Support Group January 7, 2016 It is not always possible to control the outcome of an election (remember 1990?!). The best thing is not to hold them at all – this worked well for all concerned in the Duvalier era. But, if elections are absolutely unavoidable, read the following guide and stay one step ahead of your competitors. Guiding principle: minimise the turnout; the smaller the turnout, the easier it is to micromanage the result. Preparation is everything –Eliminate hundreds of thousands of citizens from the electoral […]

Disenchanted Haitians Don’t Plan to Vote for the Next President

There have been daily protests against the deeply-flawed electoral process in Haiti, particularly after the presidential race results were released and it seemed there was rampant fraud in favor of the current president’s candidate. Through interviews with average Haitians around the country, The Associated Press found that many Haitians don’t plan to vote at all. Feeling that their votes won’t be counted, the next president won’t affect their lives or that politicians can’t be trusted, voting just doesn’t seem worth their time. Many in Haiti Expect to Sit Out Presidential Runoff Election The Associated Press, The New York Times December 11, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Protesters have streamed into the capital’s streets in recent weeks in sometimes violent rallies to back opposition demands for an independent recount of the first round of Haiti’s presidential vote and immediate changes to an electoral council. […]

NLG – IADL Report on Haiti’s October 25 Elections

The international community praised Haiti’s October 25 round of elections because they were less violent that the August 9th round. Unfortunately, their praise completely overlooked the fraud, voter suppression and other issues that continued from the first round, through the second and the vote tabulation. This report from the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers describes these problems, their significance and what can be done to solve them. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full report. Report of the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers Delegation on the October 25, 2015, Presidential and Legislative Elections in Haiti November 2015 Executive Summary: Haitian voters were called to the polls on October 25, 2015 to elect the country’s next President, two-thirds of the Senate, all 119 members of the House of Deputies and all local mayors. […]

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