Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

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 […]

As Haitians observe International Human Rights Day, lawyers concerned that low turnout and voter exclusion indicate threats to Haitians’ right to vote

  For Immediate Release Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (in Haïti), mario@ijdh.org +509-3701-9879 (French, Kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (in US), nicole@ijdh.org +1-510-715-2855 (English, French, Kreyol) As Haitians observe International Human Rights Day, lawyers concerned that low turnout and voter exclusion indicate threats to Haitians’ right to vote (Port-au-Prince, December 10, 2016) – Following the November 28 announcement of preliminary results for Haiti’s presidential elections, human rights lawyers are concerned by the extremely low turnout, and the potentially massive exclusion of voters and allegations of fraud during the vote tabulation process. “Many Haitians faced serious obstacles to voting on November 20,” said Mario Joseph, managing attorney of the Port-au-Prince-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). “Fixing problems that excluded voters from casting their ballots is crucial for the integrity of Haiti’s electoral system,” […]

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 […]

Haiti Elections Vote Count Now Underway

After many delays and even a cancellation, Haitians finally went to the polls on November 20 to vote for a president and members of Parliament. The voting was orderly, despite the fact that Haiti is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The official results are expected in eight days, with a runoff scheduled for January 29. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Vote Count Begins in Haiti Presidential Poll Aline Barros, VOA November 20, 2016 Vote counting has begun in Haiti’s repeatedly derailed presidential election. The vote went off relatively smoothly Sunday after an annulled election in October and Hurricane Matthew’s serious damage in the Caribbean nation last month. No official results were expected to be issued for eight days, and Provisional Electoral Council executive director Uder Antoine has said it might take […]

International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments

      MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 18, 2016 Contacts : Vilés Alizar, Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3704 6506 (French, Kreyol) Marie Yolène Gilles Colas, Assistant Program Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3728 8466 (French, Kreyol) Pierre Esperance, Executive Director, Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 3776 2110 (French, Kreyol) Jessica Hsu, foreign observer with Reseau National des Droits Humains, +509 4451 5563, jesseshoe@gmail.com (English, Kreyol) Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), +509 3494 2879, johnston@cepr.net (English, Spanish) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), nicole@ijdh.org, +509 4645 2888 (English, French, Kreyol) International Teams to Witness Haiti’s Elections in Hurricane-Devastated Southern Departments Members of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), National […]

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