A Circus With Serious Consequences: Haiti’s Fraught Elections

A demonstrator holding a Haitian flag blocks a police car during a march to protest the Dominican Republic's deportation of Haitians, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 21, 2015 (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).
A demonstrator holding a Haitian flag blocks a police car during a march to protest the Dominican Republic's deportation of Haitians, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 21, 2015 (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).
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On Aug. 9, Haitians will begin a lengthy and long overdue electoral process by voting in the first round of parliamentary elections. On Oct. 25, they’ll vote again in the legislative runoff, as well as in municipal and local elections and the first round of the presidential poll. And finally, if a second round of the presidential election is necessary, as it probably will be, Haitians will go back to the polls on Dec. 27. Over the upcoming election season, Haitians will be choosing 1,280 local representatives, 140 mayors, 20 Senators, 118 deputies and President Michel Martelly’s successor. The road […]

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