Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is expected to make a decision soon regarding what will happen with the second round of presidential elections, following President Rene Preval’s receipt of a report from an OAS “Expert” Mission. The CEP may decide to proceed with an election between two candidates – either Mirlande Manigat and Jude Celestin, or between Manigat and Michel Martelly, as the OAS Mission recommends. Or, the CEP could decide that Haiti’s first round of elections were too deeply flawed, and the outcome indeterminate, and decide to re-do the first round of elections.
The latter decision would be justified based on a review of the OAS Mission’s report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, as well as the Center’s own count and analysis of all 11,181 vote tally sheets from the election’s first round.
Actor and humanitarian Danny Glover and CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot explained the conclusions of CEPR’s analysis of the election results and the problems with the OAS Mission’s report, and discussed the election results and the significance of role of the international community in Haiti.