Intl leaders want Haiti to Hold Election by Feb. 7, 2006

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Michel Nau_

Intl leaders want Haiti to Hold Election by Feb. 7, 2006

Post by Michel Nau_ » Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:35 am

HAITI
Losing patience, OAS, U.N. prod Haiti on election
International leaders are demanding that Haiti hold elections by Feb. 7.
BY JOE MOZINGO
jmozingo@MiamiHerald.com
Amid mounting violence and frustration over repeated delays in international efforts to restore democracy to Haiti, the U.N. Security Council and the Organization of American States Friday called on Haitian authorities to hold the first round of national elections by Feb. 7.
The two statements come after electoral officials last week postponed the election -- then set for Sunday -- for the fourth time since October, blowing a constitutional deadline to have a new government in place by Feb. 7.
Interim Haitian Prime Minister Gérard Latortue is pushing to hold the first round of balloting on that date, but the fractious nine-member Provisional Electoral Council ha
s yet to make the official call.

U.N. and OAS electoral advisors in Haiti say Feb. 7 will give them enough time to wrap up the final preparations, distribute voter ID cards and train poll workers for the first balloting since an armed rebellion ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004 and sent this country into a state of near-anarchy.

While the advisors hope the election will bring a strong representative government to Haiti, the approach of elections has stoked the same divisions and intransigence that paralyzed the nation before Aristide's ouster.

`SAME OLD STUFF'
''Nothing has changed, it's the same old stuff,'' said Robert Fatton, a Haiti expert and political science professor at the University of Virginia. ``The election might polarize the situation even further.''

Leading the polls so far is René Préval, a former president who was often depicted a
s Aristide's puppet and is now backed by many of Haiti's urban poor -- the same people who brought Aristide to power.
Meanwhile, violence has surged and a wave of kidnappings has terrorized the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Police chief Mario Andresol told The Miami Herald Friday that the kidnappings, in part, are an effort by various political groups that ''have the feeling they will not win the election'' to further delay the balloting by destabilizing the country.

He also said he suspected that some parties were financing their campaigns with ransom money.
U.N. peacekeepers launched a series of new security measures in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, including checkpoints at major intersections throughout the city.
On Friday, Haitian police blocked off a major road leading to Cité Soleil -- a lawless slum where kidnapping victims are regularly held.
In its statement Friday, the Organization of American States condemned the vi
olence and urged ``the Haitian people to resolve their political differences through democratic mechanisms and procedures.''
The unusually strong statement, issued after a closed-door session at OAS headquarters in Washington, said it regards ''this latest postponement of elections in Haiti with grave concern'' and urged a vote be held no later than Feb. 7.

The previous delays have largely resulted from infighting within the Provisional Electoral Council. But there have been problems throughout the undertaking.
For instance, the OAS mission here first experienced lengthy delays registering 3.4 million voters, and now lags in the distribution of the voter IDs, having handed out fewer than 1.9 million.
OAS advisors say the latter effort was ''significantly delayed'' because the electoral council did not approve the list of polling sites until Nov. 8., and the council wanted people who were picking up their cards to be informed of where they would later cast
their ballots.
They are now doling out about 100,000 IDs per day, said the chief U.N. advisor, Gérard Le Chevallier, and could be done in 15 days at that rate.

ID CARDS READY
Louise Brunet, a spokeswoman for the OAS mission, said the advisors also need to get out the word that the ID cards are ready to be picked up. ''We need to motivate people to get their cards, and we have done promotion for that,'' she said.
Le Chevallier said the ballots are printed and most of the 804 voting locations have been designated. Of the 273 centers that are privately owned, officials are still working on lease contracts with about 10 percent of the owners.

POLL WORKERS
The big variable left is the hiring and training of 38,691 poll workers, who will handle the votes for the 35 candidates for the presidency and 110 seats in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies.
''We have the 97 pe
rcent of the names'' of the people who will be hired, said Le Chevallier.
Every voting center will have one manager and at least one deputy manager -- 2,100 people who have already been hired and began training Monday. When they finish next week, they will in turn train the remaining workers.
Every one of the 9,212 polling desks will have four people -- a president, vice president, and two secretaries. To keep fraud in check, no two people at the same desk should be associated with the same political party.
Le Chevallier said the poll workers' training will not begin until two weeks before election day, at which point they will start getting paid.
The electoral council has been discussing several dates between Jan. 29 and Feb. 7. Runoffs would be held later in races where no candidate wins a majority.
''We've taken this week to work, we'll begin to decide on the date next week,'' Provisional Electoral Council member Louis Richeme said Friday.

Miami Herald staff writer Pablo Bach
elet contributed to this report from Washington, and special correspondent Reed Lindsay contributed from Haiti.
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Michel Nau_

Post by Michel Nau_ » Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:16 pm

Kom mwen te di nou deja, tout moi janviye 2006 a ap tre chofe. Bagay yo komanse nan Washington kote Department Deta ap ranni tre fo sou OAS, UN, Interim Governman e tout lot moun ke yo vle blame, egsepte tet pa yo.
Yo we ke sitiyasiyon an ap anpire e yap pedi kontrol.
Youn gwo general an chef MINISTAH mouri ak yon bal nan tet.
Gen moun ki di se suisid.
Lot di se aksidan.
Lot di se asasina.
Who will benefit from this event??

LaTortue di ke apre 7 Fevriye, li pa nan jwet sa anko.
Jwet sa fok misiye konnin ke si w ladan, w ladan net.
Pa gen zafe al fe la koule dous lot bo dlo san ke yo pa mande w de ki previyen.
There is always an exit interview, and who knows who will conduct it?? Anyone could ask for a debriefing including the Haitian people. After all, they are the concerned party.
E mesaj sa aplikab pou tout moun ki plane yon gren'n zanno kay brik a brak diyab.
A ...... is always a....... (Feel free
to fill the blanks).
Who is in charge here??
Se youn kestiyon ke neg Washington, Paris, Ottawa, San Paolo remin poze anpil.
The politically correct answer is:

You are!! Boss Papa!! If you break it,...then it's yours,..fix it!!!7.


Michel

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