Presidential Electoral System in Haiti Should Be Reformed

Jim - May 12 2011, 6:17 PM

I think Haiti needs to reform the presidential electoral system in such a way that it is impossible for anyone to simply appear, form a political party and become a presidential candidate.

What a joke. Reasonably, the criteria should be such that the system or candidates are involved in a regional or pre-electoral elimination process so that in the end, really, you have maybe two, three or four serious candidates.

That way, the people and the candidates would feel obliged to have a political discourse and agree on many issues within the same political party or umbrella and have one leader representing the general and broader view. This would force Haitians to learn to agree and to conscent on issues, and perspectives in general and this can only be good for the country.

One fundamental Haitian problem is that they do not accept objections to their views or perspectives.

It is the fight or flight reaction.

The Haitians should learn to agree and or to disagree without fighting or violence, civility and freedom of speech, something essential for the fragile democracy that is taking place in Haiti.

The conditions and requirements for a political party to propose a presidential candidate could be made so rigourous that only serious organizations would be able to meet them. With respect to independent candidates without a party, again, the requirements, including financials could be so high that only rarely would such a candidate appear on the scene.

Such changes and requirements in the presidential election could only help the haitian political system to create and build consensus more easily and agreements between the actors for the greater stability and less acrimony politics in the country.

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Cheria says...

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