Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled in Haiti on August 9, October 25, and December 27, 2015. Haitians are scheduled to vote on virtually every public office in the country; including the President, 119 deputies, 20 senators, and over 5,000 municipal agents. The HAWG advocates for fair and timely elections free from intimidation, violence, and voter fraud.
From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR):
The devastating passage of hurricane Matthew has changed the dynamics of the upcoming election in Haiti. Following last year’s fraudulent elections, the new electoral council has been making changes in order to produce a more legitimate outcome this year, but the hurricane has raised new concerns. Read More
Church World Service partner Aba System Restavek (ASR) organized a debate on Nov. 16 between children and the candidates for the Senate and Presidency. The aim of the event was to encourage all candidates to sign up to a commitment to addressing children’s issues. Unfortunately, none of the candidates turned up and the event was cancelled. Read More
This is Part III of an Elections series from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
Haiti Election Primer, Part 3: The Parliament
Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here.
Read Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties, here.
Often lost in the discussion of Haiti’s presidential race is the fact that many legislative seats are up for grabs as well, including more than half of the Senate. Read More
From colleagues at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Haiti Elections Primer, Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties
Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here.
In a crowded field of 54 presidential candidates, the top two finishers in last year’s elections were Jovenel Moïse (PHTK) and Jude Celestin (LAPEH). Read More
From our colleagues at Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR):
Haiti Election Primer, Part 1: Timeline of Key Events
Less than a week from now, on November 20, Haiti heads to the polls to choose a new president as well as dozens of legislative seats. The electoral process started in 2015 but has been repeatedly delayed and postponed due to post-election protests, candidates’ boycotts, and more recently Hurricane Matthew. Read More
National Human Rights Defense Network, known as RNDDH in Kreyol, has just released a report with their on-the-ground assessment of the situation in Haiti post-hurricane.
RNDDH demands respect for humany dignity by the Haitian Government, Political Parties, and Humanitarian Agencies
Excerpts from the report:
Preparation and awareness of the population of the hurricane
According to information gathered by RNDDH, hurricane warnings were not disclosed in the same manner to communities and they were not made aware at the same time. Read More
Many members of HAWG have been working on the ground in Haiti for many years and will continue to do so, working side-by-side with Haitians putting their homes and communities back together post-hurricane. We encourage you to read about the work being done and our focus on local partnerships, then donate to these well-respected organizations. Read More
Last week the Obama Administration noted a sharp change in policy regarding the treatment of Haitian migrants. Citing a surge in numbers of Haitians traveling from Brazil, through Central America and crossing at the US-Mexico border, ICE began to detain more Haitians after several years of granting exceptions due to humanitarian concerns post-earthquake. Read More
From the National Lawyers Guild, International Association for Democratic Lawyers & The Haiti Support Group:
New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015,
neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections
(NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.”
Dismayed by the decision to rerun controversial and fraud-plagued presidential elections, the US State Department announced on Thursday a suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said the decision was communicated to Haitian authorities last week, noting that the US “has provided over $30 million in assistance” for elections and that the move would allow the US “to maintain priority assistance” for ongoing projects. Read More