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Political “Stability” Over True Democracy in Haiti

Haiti just elected a new president, Jovenel Moïse, after over a year of delays and even a rerun of the elections that originally placed Moïse as the front-runner. Unfortunately, and to the concern of many, Moïse was chosen by less than 10% of the electorate with only 20% of voters even participating at all. The complicated reasons for this lack of voter participation have been decades in the making, including consolidation of power on the right; coups against a popular Haitian leader; and interference by the international community. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, much of the weaknesses and limitations on the left “can be explained by the undermining and overthrowing of the Lavalas governments, which prevented them from demonstrating how democracy can work, and the killing, jailing, and exiling of important leaders.” Frustrated with all this, most Haitians cannot picture their […]

Executive Summary of NLG-IADL Report: Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy

Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections February 6, 2017 Executive Summary (Résumé Exécutif ici.) (Here’s the full report.) After almost two years of an electoral crisis, Haitian voters returned to the polls on November 20, 2016, for a third time to elect a president, 16 senators and 25 deputies. The presidential election was a long-awaited rerun of the voided, fraudulent October 2015 elections. Procedurally, the November 20 vote was significantly better than the 2015 elections. But despite many improvements in security and electoral administration, Haitians largely stayed away from the polls. Official voter turnout was 21 percent (and as low as 17 percent according to some calculations), a disturbingly low figure that indicates the poor health of Haiti’s democracy today. The November 20 elections faced a number of political, financial and logistical hurdles. The elections […]

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 […]

Latest Haiti Election News from IJDH & Partners’ Blog

What’s going on with Haiti’s elections? This latest News Roundup from the Haiti Elections Blog includes conflicts over the end of interim president Privert’s term; withdrawal of the European Union observers; political wrangling by former president Martelly’s party, PHTK; and more. Whether or not the international community will fight against a re-run of Haiti’s elections remains to be seen. Click HERE for the full News Roundup. Haiti Elections News Roundup – June 20 Haiti Elections Blog June 20, 2016 The end of interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day term came and went on June 14 without any decision by Haiti’s parliament, leaving confusion in its wake. The disputes over extending Privert’s mandate spilled out into the streets, with some of his opponents hinting at the possibility of his removal by force. The international powers expressed their dismay at the political uncertainty created […]

Haiti Elections at a Standstill

After former Haitian President Michel Martelly’s term expired, Haiti seems unable to hold legitimate elections to elect a new president. Jovenel Moïse of the PHTK party (Martelly’s former party) was declared the front-runner after the first round of elections. However, the verification committee set up to monitor the 2016 elections found widespread fraud and irregularities in the election. Sir Ronald Sanders, who led a Special Mission on the Organisation of American States, remarked that the Haitian population would not see the results as democratic. What is perhaps even more perplexing is how little both the United Nations and the United States are involving themselves. Normally at the forefront of pushing countries to have valid elections, both actors have failed to emphasize that in these elections. Click HERE for the full article. — Commentary: Haiti: No moving out and moving on Sir Ronald Sanders, Caribbean News Now! June […]

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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