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Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

The EU in Haiti: Neocolonialism?

The European Union has decided to withdraw from the Election Observation Mission in Haiti, highlighting rocky relations between Haiti and its international observers. The EU has been criticized for saying things were running smoothly in Haiti, when local populations report the exact opposite. In light of elections marred by irregularities and fraud, the EU has still insisted upon the validity and legitimacy of the elections. There is also concern over the lack of transparency in the mission, as well as the failure to watchful eye on previous president Martelly and his abuse of democracy in Haiti. Click HERE for the full article. — The European Union and Haiti: Everyday Neocolonialism? Frédéric Thomas The Haiti Support Group July 5th, 2016 On Wednesday June 8, following a report by the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission (CIEVE)[1], the EU announced that it was to end its […]

Concern from E.U. and U.S. Over Election Rerun

Both the E.U. and the U.S. have expressed concern with the decision of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council to rerun the country’s presidential elections, while the OAS has supported it. In reaction to the decision, the E.U. closed its observer mission in Haiti, while the U.S. State Department announced its “regret” that the election will be prolonged even further. How the reactions of the E.U. and U.S. will affect the funding for the elections remains uncertain, but the OAS has pledged to continue to play a “positive role in the electoral process”. Part of the article is below, click HERE for the full text. U.S., EU criticize Haiti presidential elections rerun Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald 6/8/2016   Haiti’s decision to rerun its disputed first-round presidential vote continued to ripple through the international community Wednesday as the European Union and the United States criticized the move, […]

New Dates Set for Haiti’s Elections

Haiti’s verification commission has determined that the elections held last October were illegitimate and contained fraudulent activity. The Provisional Electoral Council (PEC) is about to set out a new electoral timetable.  Presidential elections will occur on October 9th, and a second round will occur on January 8th, 2017 if no candidate obtains enough ballots to win in the first elections. Jude Celestin, the runner-up in this past round of elections, agrees with the council’s timeline. Jovenel Moise on the other hand, candidate from the PHTK party, has rejected the verification report entirely. Click HERE for the full article. — Haitian elections officials say new presidential vote to take place in October Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 7, 2016  Haiti election officials are poised to accept the recommendations of a special verification commission calling for last year’s disputed first round presidential elections to be re-run in […]

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 […]

Task Force on the Americas Supports Haiti Elections Redo

This is an open letter to Michael Gayle at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, drafted by members of the April delegation to Haiti and sent on June 3. The delegation met with Mr. Gayle on April 22. ————————- June 3, 2016 Michael Gayle Deputy Political Counselor Embassy of the United States of America Blvd. du 15 Octobre Tabarre 41 Port au Prince, Haiti Dear Michael: On behalf of the delegation from Task Force on the Americas who visited you on April 22, 2016, we’d like to thank you again for the time you took to meet with us. We have since then been following with great interest the developments in Haiti’s electoral crisis. On April 28 provisional President Privert convened the election verification commission that had been widely demanded by nearly all constituencies, giving it 30 days to complete its […]

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