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The circumstances surrounding Michel Martelly's victory in Hait's 2010 presidential election remain controversial.
By: Mark Phillips Published on Thu Aug 06 2015
Canada has been one of the largest donors to Haitian elections since at least 2006. But insiders and policy analysts have revealed that in recent years Canada, along with the United States and France, see their funding not so much as a donation but a purchase.
For instance, Pierre-Louis Opont, Haiti’s elections overseer, recently said that Haitian President Michel Martelly did not legitimately win the last election in 2010. With Haitians scheduled to go to the polls on Sunday, Opont is wise to attempt to avoid a repeat of the last presidential ballot.
After the last vote was cast, the Haitian electoral council arrived at an initial count showing that Martelly had lost. But the result was soon modified by the Organization of American States (OAS). Not only had the OAS oddly tasked itself with an election review when its role was supposed to be that of election observer, but a Center for Economic and Policy Research analysis showed that the OAS recount was statistically unsound. The OAS’s own special representative would soon reveal that he attended the meetings at which Canada, France, and the United States dominated the process to alter the first-round result.