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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

US Must Use Its Influence for Fair Haitian Elections

The Congressional Blog, The Hill, has published IJDH Director Brian Concannon’s op-ed on Haiti’s elections. In it, he urges the US State Department to use its influence to make sure that Haiti’s elections are fair and democratic, rather than accepting the severely flawed process so far. Disenchanted Haitians are protesting and demanding a fair process but so far, the US has  dismissed complaints and said the process must keep going forward. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The show must not go on Brian Concannon, The Hill December 8, 2015 Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, is a charismatic showman who has been a faithful ally to the Obama administration for the past five years. But it is time for his public office curtain call, and the administration needs to stop supporting his illegal efforts to extend his engagement. […]

Haitian Diaspora Groups Speak Out on Elections Impasse

Haiti reached an impasse in the electoral process when the Provisional Electoral Council announced final results for the presidential race despite widespread allegations of fraud and calls for an independent investigation. Now, several Haitian Diaspora organizations have issued a collective statement with suggestions on how to get through the crisis. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian diaspora proposes solutions for national election crisis Caribbean News Now! December 8, 2015 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, USA — Several organizations representing the Haitian Diaspora in the United States have joined to find solutions to the election crisis in Haiti. Among them are the Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA), the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce (HACCOF), the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP), Konbit for Haiti, Congress to Fortify Haiti and the National Organization for the […]

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