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The Who? is Missing from Election Verification Report

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT ( – An election verification commission took all of an entire month to investigate and produce a report showing pandemic and massive fraud in the 2015 elections. These findings further delegitimized the entire Haitian state currently in power and left, without dispute, the country in full blown crisis and adrift.

Despite the sheer gravity of these findings by the Independent Electoral Verification and Evaluation Commission (CIEVE), it failed a critical purpose of its work. Despite it proving, what all had assumed to be true, that a crime of the highest treason had occurred, it did not do the job the nation needed.

The CIEVE, the commission tasked with bringing light to what happened in the 2015 electoral cycle and with this information, showing a path forward, withheld, omitted and/or overlooked one key piece of information the Haitian people deserved to know: “the who?”

Indeed the commission determined that the entire electoral process must be redone, starting at zero, but it did not tell us who caused us to be here? Who is responsible for the fraud that silenced the people’s voice? Who the fraud benefited? Who should face punishment? Who should be sanctioned? This was a crime of colossal and historic consequence of which its depths are not yet known.

All of Haiti and its people, long ill-fated, should not have to bear the shame and furthermore pay for the crimes of a few. The commission did not give us “the who” and for that reason, The Haiti Sentinel rejects its report.

The Haitian people faced extraordinary odds: a totalitarian regime backed by all the strength of an international community led by the most powerful nations on earth, and they brought the electoral coup d’etat to a halt. They demanded a verification commission and they got it but the work of this commission is not done. We at The Haiti Sentinel urge that the mobilization not cease until we have made sacred that which is sacred to we and our democracy.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.