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Fraud is a Major Stumbling Block in Haiti’s Presidential Election

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 79862
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2016-01-14
By: George Rodríguez

Fraud allegations are pouring down on the Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP), Haiti’s electoral council, after last month’s presidential vote. Candidates are denouncing serious irregularities in the voting process and the ballot count, as well as corruption at the highest level of the CEP. The election followed the also-irregular vote on Aug. 9–one plagued by violence and ballot-rigging allegations–in the first round of parliamentary elections for the 119 members of the Chambre des Députés (the congressional lower house) and 20 of the 30 seats in the Sénat (the upper house). The députés are elected every four years. Two-thirds of the sénateurs are elected to six-year terms, and the other third for terms lasting two years The first round of the presidential election and the second round of the parliamentary vote took place, as scheduled, on Oct. 25. The official announcement of the results in the presidential race was made on Nov. 5 by the much-criticized CEP. The council declared Jovenel Moïse, of the ruling Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK; its name is créole for Haitian Bald Head Party, after President Michel Martelly’s shaven-scalp), and Jude Célestin, of the opposition Ligue Alternative pour le Progrés et l’Emancipation Haïtienne (Alternative League for Haitian Progress and Emancipation, LAPEH), as the two candidates with the most votes, and thus the rivals in the–so far–twice-postponed runoff. Moïse received 32.76% or the vote and Célestin 25.29%.

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