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.

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Elections and Democracy, Food Sovereignty, Gender & Human Rights

Interview with Marie Frantz Joachim of Sofa and Pierre Esperance of RNDDH

 

Last month, Jasmine Huggins of Church World Service interviewed Marie Frantz Joachim of Haitian Women’s Solidarity (SOFA) and Pierre Esperance of National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) to discuss the challenges facing women in Haiti and the elections. Below you will find the complete interview conducted in Haitian Creole but with a brief summary of the issues discussed. Read More

Elections and Democracy, Mining

Haiti 2016: Challenges and Opportunities

This is an interactive presentation put together by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on the opportunities and challenges facing Haiti in 2016. It features perspectives from four civil society leaders (from RNDDH, GARR, MODEP and the Justice in Mining Collective) and touches upon subjects such as migration from the D.R., mining, cholera, elections, and democratic space in Haiti. Read More

Elections and Democracy, Events

Haitian Human Rights Leaders Make the Case for Electoral Verification at Washington Roundtable [Full article]

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On Friday, March 4, 2016 representatives from the Organization of American States (OAS) and State Department joined two visiting Haitian human rights leaders and two U.S.-based academics in a discussion on Haiti’s current electoral crisis. Organized by the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) and sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY), the discussion focused on the causes of the postponement of the electoral crisis, the selection of Provisional President Jocelerme Privert and efforts to move the electoral process forward. Read More

Elections and Democracy, Events

Haitian Human Rights Leaders Make the Case for Electoral Verification at Washington Roundtable

haitielectioneventOn Friday, March 4, 2016 representatives from the Organization of American States (OAS) and State Department joined two visiting Haitian human rights leaders and two U.S.-based academics in a discussion on Haiti’s current electoral crisis. Organized by the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) and sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY), the discussion focused on the causes of the postponement of the electoral crisis, the selection of Provisional President Jocelerme Privert and efforts to move the electoral process forward. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Haiti elections scheduled for Sunday have been canceled

Haitian elections officials Friday afternoon abruptly canceled Sunday’s planned elections amid escalating protests and violence around the country.

Moments earlier, the officials had halted the distribution of voting materials and began recovery of those that had already gone out.

Elections officials said at a news conference that safety could not be guaranteed for voters or poll workers. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Evaluation Commission’s Ambiguous Report May Only Deepen Haiti’s Electoral Crisis

On Sunday 3 January, the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission released its report on the 25 October presidential elections. Appointed on 22 December by President Martelly in response to demands for an independent investigation, the Evaluation Commission met over the holidays with electoral council members, government officials, election observers, candidates and other concerned groups, and conducted a verification of 1771 randomly-selected tally sheets. Read More

Elections and Democracy

The Past is Prologue with Haiti’s Elections

Haiti’s presidential runoff is slated for Jan. 17 after being postponed in December. The international community has often stunted Haiti’s democracy.
As Haitians prepared to go to the polls in 2010, 45 members of the U.S. Congress wrote to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, warning that supporting such a flawed process “will come back to haunt the international community.” Read More

Elections and Democracy

The show must not go on

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.

President Martelly’s term ends next February 7, and Haiti’s Constitution prohibits his re-election. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Ensure integrity of Haiti’s election

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article47633290.html

Editorial, Miami Herald, December 2, 2015

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FILE – In this file photo combination shows presidential candidates Jovenel Moise, left, from the PHTK political party, speaking in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday Nov. 5, 2015, and presidential candidate Jude Celestin, from the LAPEH party, during a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Nov.
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