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Haiti – the stakes of the post-quake elections

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27 October 2010
Central and South America

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Haiti – the stakes of the post-quake elections

This report by the International Crisis Group (2010) analyses Haiti’s political elections in a tense political context shortly after the earthquakes.

“Haiti votes in a month’s time – on 28 November 2010 – for a new president and nearly an entire legislature in perhaps the most important elections in its history. The government that emerges will need to manage a major part of the dec-ade of recovery from the worst disaster ever in the Western Hemisphere. To do so, it requires the legitimacy that can only come from credible elections. But the historical ob-stacles – such as low turnout, suspicion of fraud and cam-paign violence – not only persist but have been greatly exacerbated by the 12 January earthquake that killed a quarter million people and left the capital in ruins and its government in disarray, as well as by the current outbreak of cholera. Polarising politics and a body organising the balloting that lacks full public confidence in its integrity add to the challenge. If the electoral process is to be as transparent, non-violent and widely participated in as it needs to be, the government must meet a higher standard than ever before, and the UN, regional organisations and donors like the U.S., Canada, the EU and Brazil must ur-gently press for this and expand support.”



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