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Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (Français inclus)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Mario@ijdh.org + 509-3701-9878 (French, Kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Nicole@ijdh.org + 001-510-715-2855 (English, French) Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, January 10, 2017) – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are disappointed in the incomplete verification conducted by Haiti’s electoral authorities, which fell far short of the comprehensive inquiry ordered by the National Electoral Challenges Bureau (BCEN).  The verification panel’s January 3rd decision ignored legitimate demands of the process raised by political parties and observer groups, putting at risk the credibility of the recently-announced presidential results. On December 20, the BCEN ordered a review of 12 percent of the tally sheets (1,560 total) from the Vote […]

Quelques difficultés dans la vérification des élections en Haïti

Le BCEN, qui s’occupe directement de la vérification au Centre de tabulation des votes, a commencé le processus de vérification des 12% des procès-verbaux pour les élections du 20 novembre. Le BCEN a rencontré, cepandant, quelques difficultés et le processus doit être complété bientôt: Le CEP doit publier les resultats définitifs le 29 décembre. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Au Centre de tabulation des votes (CTV), la vérification se fait difficilement Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste 20 decembre 2016 National – Le processus de vérification des procès-verbaux est lancé, hier mardi, au Centre de tabulation des votes (CTV) comme l’avait ordonné le BCEN. Cependant, trouver la méthodologie pour vérifier les 1 560 procès-verbaux, soit 12% et l’appliquer a été l’une des choses les plus difficiles pour les juges électoraux qui ont dû souvent élever la voix et taper […]

Pervasive Haiti Voter Fraud Doesn’t Stop at the Presidential Elections

On Monday, Haiti’s Independent Commission on Evaluation and Verification, a small panel tasked with evaluating last year’s elections, confirmed the suspected high level of electoral fraud.  While the commission called on the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to completely restart the presidential elections, many voices, including politicians, foreigns diplomats, and civil society groups, have brought to light the report’s account of fraud not only in the presidential, but also in the legislative elections. Their concern includes the complete lack of female officials elected, citing the commission’s statement that at least one woman, Nétlande Pierre Dérius, did indeed win by popular vote. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Some say Haiti vote verification doesn’t go far enough Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald May 31, 2016 In the days after Haiti’s newly installed parliament took office, everyone from politicians to foreign diplomats lamented that there wasn’t […]

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 […]

La Commission de vérification électorale en Haïti: le processus soit repris à zéro

Après un mois de travail d’analyse, François Benoît, le président de la Commission de vérification électorale en Haïti, recommande désormais l’annulation totale du vote. La Commission a trouvé que le nombre de votes non traçables a quasiment dépassé les votes légitimes, qu’il y avait eu trafic de cartes de vote, vendues au plus offrant.  Il revient maintenant au Conseil électoral de trancher mais il se donne jusqu’à lundi prochain pour publier le nouveau calendrier des élections. Une part de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Crise électorale en Haïti: l’annulation du scrutin présidentiel recommandée Andres Martinez Casares, Les Voix du Monde 30 mai 2016 La crise électorale n’en finit plus en Haïti : le second tour de l’élection présidentielle a été reporté sine die depuis décembre en raison des accusations de fraudes formulées par l’opposition. Après un mois de […]

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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