Although an estimated 90% of Haitians believe that the reported results of the first round of presidential elections are fraudulent, the United States and United Nations continue to push for the final round of elections to happen as soon as possible. It seems that their mantra is “bad elections are better than no elections” but this overlooks the potentially devastating consequences of having a government that Haitians don’t trust for five years. The U.S. claimed to intervene in the 2011 electoral process because of fraud by the government at the time so why is it silent when the Martelly government is accused of rampant fraud?
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Without a full recount, Haiti’s presidential elections are a scam
Jacques Jonassaint, The Hill
April 13, 2016
The United States and the U.N. continue to push for elections to take place as soon as possible, operating by the mantra “bad elections are better than no elections,” but they have it backwards: Building Haitians’ confidence in the electoral process is vital to Haiti’s stability. Therefore, there must be a thorough and transparent investigation of fraud prior to the runoff elections. Stability, democracy and confidence in government cannot be built on a rotten foundation.
Haitian elections have historically been rife with irregularities and violence, but government-backed fraud reached a new height — or low — during the first round of presidential elections that took place on Oct. 25:
- President Michel Martelly‘s chosen successor, Jovenel Moïse, was reported by the Haitian election commission, or CEP, to be in first place with 33 percent of the vote, but an exit poll found that only 6 percent of responders voted for him.
- An audit of 78 tally sheets showed fraud or irregularities in all 78 — and Haitian officials refused to investigate further.
- Over 900,000 “accreditation cards” were handed out to political party representatives who were allowed to monitor polling sites to ensure impartiality of voting officials. In practice, thousands of these cards were sold to political parties with the most money, and those holding the cards may have accounted for 50 percent of votes cast.
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