SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Haiti

Sat Feb 18 2006 Fraud And Then Negotiations
On February 16th, Haiti’s interim government and election officials reached an agreement to declare Rene Preval the winner of the country’s presidential election. With 90% of ballots counted, it was claimed that Preval had been just shy of the 50% margin needed for a first-round election win, but under the agreement, some of the blank votes - representing 4% of the estimated 2.2 million ballots cast - were subtracted from the total number of votes counted, giving Preval the majority. 129 seats in parliament are also up for grab and it is those who control legislature that will approve Haiti's prime minister. So far the media have neglected to inform the public on the outcome of the parliamentary election. Some fear the parliamentary election was also tainted by fraud since the same burnt ballots with Preval's name on them would have contained votes for pro-Aristide parliamentary members whose votes are now lost.

Brian Concannon writes:
On February 7, Haitian voters went to the polls to elect a President for the fourth time since 1990. Through great patience and determination they overcame official disorganization, incompetence and discrimination, and for the fourth time since 1990 handed their chosen candidate a landslide victory. And for the fourth time Haitian elites, with support from the International Community, started immediately to undercut the victory, seeking at the negotiation table what they could not win at the voting booth.

...[Rene Preval] won the 50% of the vote necessary to avoid a runoff election against his nearest competitor. Although early official results and the unofficial tallies by the Preval campaign, international observers and journalists all showed Mr. Preval comfortably above the 50% bar, after 5 days of counting his official results crept 1.3% below it. Negotiations resulted in a deal that changes the way that the Electoral Council treats blank ballots, which, according to the Council's calculation, puts Mr. Preval back above 50%. ...The election deal gives a little something to everyone, and that's the problem. Elections are not supposed to make everyone happy; they are supposed to apportion political power according to majority vote, on the basis of set rules. In all likelihood, a correct tabulation of the votes would have given Mr. Preval a first round victory, as exit polls and unofficial tabulations had predicted. Although the negotiated agreement reaches the same result as a correct tabulation would have reached, it does so by changing the rules instead of correcting the violations of the rules. The deal provides leverage for those seeking to delegitimize Preval's presidency and block the progressive social and economic policies that he was elected to implement.

Read More

Préval is President but what about the vote-rigging charges? | US Propaganda in Haiti: NPR reporter Amelia Shaw is wearing two hats | Bring Aristide back to Haiti, enough is enough! | Max Mathurin and Jose Miguel Insulza contradict each other on charges of elections fraud

08/26/14 Presentation by Dr. Andy David Intended to Justify Israel's Attacks on Gaza   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/24/14 Salinas Group Denied Library Space for Community Forum on Police Violence   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/23/14 Protests in Support of Justice for Michael Brown Erupt All Over the World   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/23/14 Defendants Prohibited from Working with Animals, Still Face Felony Animal Cruelty Charges   Central Valley | Animal Liberation
08/21/14 Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship​ Forced to Leave Oakland Port   Labor & Workers | International | Palestine
08/16/14 Sam Farr Votes Again and Again to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Military Ties   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/16/14 WeCopwatch Reports on Protests and Police Abuses from Ferguson, Missouri   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
08/12/14 Youth Press Conference in San Francisco Calls Attention to Children at the Border   International | Americas | Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Homeless Activists Urge ACLU to Take More Principled Stand on Criminalization of Sleep   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/09/14 Environmentalists, Farmers, Tribal Leaders Call for New Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR   Environment & Forest Defense | California
08/09/14 Latino Activists Demonstrate in Solidarity with Children Detained by U.S., Killed in Gaza   Immigrant Rights