Haiti – Consistency Amidst Disarray
Haitian citizens are in a heated and violent debate related to the presidential election. The first round of voting was controversial with no clear outcome decided. Protests followed which were violent but also awakening as accounts of fraud were made public. Originally, the first round votes were supposed to be announced three weeks ago on the 20th of December. Since a decision has not been made, the runoff vote scheduled for Jan 16th will also have to be pushed back. It’ll likely be at least a month after the original results are finally tallied before a second round of votes can be held. The Organization of American States is handling the review of results from the first round. The political chaos is just one of many issues that continue to weigh on Haitian citizens. Recurring problems still remain from the earthquakes and the more recent Cholera outbreaks. The death toll continues to rise but despite all that some citizens amazingly maintain relatively positive spirits – finding comfort in the “consistency” of all of the political debates throughout a nation of disarray. The overwhelming sentiment for many Haitians is that the matter is in God’s hands, their only true incorruptible leader, keeping their faith that things will be okay.