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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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(In the Time of Cholera)

(p.190) 24 Elections
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Haiti's national elections held on November 28, 2010. Fraud was rampant during the elections. Local authorities intimidated, committed violence, stuffed voting urns, and faked ballots. Ballots wound up in toilets and canals, while gangs burned down stations entirely. The portion of the electorate who voted and had it counted was a mere 22.8 percent. People referred to the elections as “selections.” The campaign itself had been farcical. Among the presidential candidates were Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly. The electoral council barred Jean-Bertrand Aristide's political party, Lavalas Family (Fanmi Lavalas), and eliminated at least thirteen other candidates. This chapter discusses the rise in cholera incidence in displaced persons camps during the election period as well as the involvement of the international community in the elections, including the United States and the Organization of American States.

Keywords:   elections, Haiti, presidential candidates, Mirlande Manigat, Michel Martelly, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, cholera, displaced persons camps, United States, Organization of American States

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