Friday, March 24, 2017

Haitians take to the polls to elect a new president

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Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – It is a busy Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Haiti as millions are out to vote in a presidential election that most doubted could ever happen. Most polls opened on time at 6:00 AM and as of midday no major irregularities were being reported.

The biggest problems deal with voter rolls and polling station locations. A significant enough number of citizens are saying their names are not on voter rolls and others are saying their polling locations have moved after multiple cycles of voting at the same place.

Citizens facing problems in voting are being told to contact 4831 on a Digicel phone and 4828 on a Natcom phone where they can provide their national identification number and be given their assigned polling station. The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) said it would be holding a midday press conference to update the public on the process.

These elections, which include runnings for 10 senate seats, municipal runoffs and local commission seats, are fully funded by the Haitian government, a big change from previous election cycles. The 2015 elections and results were funded and supported by the international community. Those contests were found to have taken place under a fraudulent rate of 98% of all tally sheets. This resulted in a big push to repatriate the electoral process.

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About The Author

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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.