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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, (English, Kreyol) Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), +509 3494 2879, (English, Spanish) Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, +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 […]

51 Prominent Floridians Ask Clinton for Conversation on Human Rights

Haitian American voters seek a conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton on humanitarian issues. 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Secretary Clinton. The letter asked for the Secretary’s positions on human-rights issues, specifically petitioning for Temporary Protective Status re-designation for undocumented Haitians. An additionally alarming concern is the November 20 election in Haiti. If immigrant rights are human rights, a humanitarian approach would respect immigrants, fulfill their basic rights such as voting, protect the most vulnerable immigrant, and promote non-discrimination. “Fifty-one Florida based leaders want to know what Hillary Clinton would do and will do on these issues,” said IJDH’s Steven Forester. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click HERE for the full article. In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton by Jacqueline Charles, with Patricia Mazzei. Miami Herald October 29th, 2016   […]

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 […]

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