Haiti Council Starts Deliberating Possible Election Redo

Haiti’s electoral authorities began deliberating Tuesday whether to annul the disputed presidential election and hold a new vote, as recommended by a special commission that reported finding what appeared to be significant fraud and professional misconduct.

Electoral council chief Leopold Berlanger declined to comment on the verification commission’s findings, saying his panel would need until June 6 to review the recommendations and announce a revised election calendar for this troubled country.

The Provisional Electoral Council, whose current members replaced the election officials that organized balloting last year, has the final say on election matters.

The leader of the verification commission, Pierre Francois Benoit, told The Associated Press that members of his panel were so troubled by their month-long review that they had no choice but to recommend starting over. That would mean scrapping a presidential runoff vote that already has been postponed three times.

Haitian Minister of Planning and External Cooperation visits China

The Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Me Aviol FLEURANT, accompanied by the new Deputy Director General, Mr. Wilfrid Trénard,traveled to China Monday to attend meetings on the bilateral cooperation between China and Haiti. During the meetings they discussed infrastructure products, including improvements to the roads, airport and port.

Ayiti Mon Amour Screening by Guetty Felin

On June 1, at 7:30pm, join the Caribbean Film Academy and HCX for an evening of Caribbean Film at its best: an exclusive screening of Ayiti Mon Amour.

In a small fishing hamlet forgotten by the rest of the world, the sea is gaining ground and although the memories of the great disaster still lingers, life and love must prosper and survive in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Several characters try to make sense of their own existence, including a teenager studying Japanese who is bullied for being light-skinned, a writer and his muse who are grappling with their identities, an old fisherman caring for his ailing wife. With demonstrations against corruption becoming as commonplace as fisherman fighting for their livelihood, the hopes and fears of the Haitian people collide at a critical moment in their history.

The film will be preceded by with the critically-acclaimed short, Papa Machete and followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, and some of the cast and crew, moderated by Haitian filmmaker Easmanie Michel!

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