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Money Laundering and Voting Problems Cloud Haiti’s Presidency

After coming in first place for Haiti’s president the first time around, Jovenel Moïse had to compete for the spot again when the elections were redone due to fraud. The second time around, Moïse apparently came won in the first round by capturing over 50% of the votes. Many questions about his legitimacy remain, however, due to extremely low voter turnout in the election and a continuing money-laundering case against Moïse. If the judge investigating the case does not try to prosecute Moïse, there are questions of whether Moïse will follow in the footsteps of former president Michel Martelly in surrounding himself with affiliates of former dictator Duvalier. Moïse has also indicated his willingness to collaborate with U.S. President Trump, as two businessmen. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Inaugurates a New President Dogged […]

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 […]

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 […]

UN Secretary General’s Report on the New Haiti Cholera Plan

Today, December 1, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present the following report in a briefing on the UN cholera response in Haiti. …………. Aujourd’hui, le 1er décembre, le secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, présentera le rapport suivant dans un briefing sur la réponse des Nations Unies contre le choléra en Haïti. Cliquez ICI pour le rapport en français. A new approach to cholera in Haiti Report by the Secretary-General Summary On 19 August 2016, the Secretary-General announced a new approach by the United Nations to cholera in Haiti. In his accompanying public statement, he indicated that he deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic and that the United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and to support Haiti in overcoming the […]

Rapport du OEA sur les élections après l’ouragan Mathieu

L’Organisation des Etats Americains a publié un rapport sur l’état des élections après l’ouragan Mathieu a frappé Haïti. Plusieurs centres de vote ont été affectées, et les élections ont été reprogrammée du 9 Octobre à 20 Novembre 2016. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. L’ouragan Mathieu et ses répercussions sur l’organisation électorale Organisation des Etats Americains 11 octobre 2016 État des lieux Le 5 octobre 2016, le président du  CEP, Monsieur Leopold Berlanger, annonçait la suspension du scrutin présidentiel et législatif prévu 4 jours plus tard. Selon le haut représentant, l’ouragan Mathieu, qui a traversé la pointe ouest d’Haiti dans la première semaine d’octobre, généra une « une nouvelle donne ». Le report de l’élection (et du calendrier électoral) devint sans doute inévitable alors que plus de 1,3 million d’Haïtiens étaient affectés par la pluie, les vents, les inondations et les dommages de toute sorte. Dans les […]

New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections [Eng+Fr]

       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee, Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)   New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections (NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows. “The failure to uphold international standards for free and fair elections raises serious questions about the objectivity and independence of international observers,” said […]

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