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Some of the 130 election experts from the OAS will start arriving in Haiti today, to begin their assessment of the field and preparations leading up to October 9th, the expected date for the rerun presidential election.


A first round presidential was held in Haiti October of 2015, but was scrapped by Haitian electoral officials after widespread fraud allegations by nearly every sector of Haitian society surfaced, and violent protests throughout main Haitian cities erupted, denouncing what the opposition said was an "electoral coup" in favor of  Jovenel Moise, the chosen candidate of then president Michel Martelly, whom results showed came in first place with 32.76%.

All the international actors involved in the processus, such as the OAS, the European Union, the United Nations, as well as the embassies of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the US, the European Union, and the Special Representative of the United Nations in Haiti, collectively known as the CORE GROUP, were all very critical of the decision of Haitian authorities to first, establish a verification commission, as well as their later recommendation to cancel the election; they maintained that their own observation missions did not find any discrepancy that warranted the annulation of the vote.


The US pulled out its funding while the European Union pulled out its observers as protest, forcing Haitian government to come up $55 million for the processus, a moved welcomed by most Haitians who viewed the habitual financing of elections by international donors as part of the problems.

While being overtly opposed to rerun, the US has softened its position and is the one financing the OAS' observation mission.


“Even though we never expressly accepted that the right decision was to do a redo, the OAS is there,” said Gerardo de Icaza, director of the hemispheric body’s department of electoral cooperation and observation to the Miami Herald. “We’re happy that at least a political crisis is being solved through a democratic way.”  “It was the Haitian decision to do them over and now it’s the Haitian responsibility to own that decision and to prove to the world that they were right and they could have better elections than the ones we saw on Oct. 25,” de Icaza said.

Former Uruguayan Senator Juan Raul Ferreira will lead the OAS’ mission.