HAITI ELECTIONS: Haitians Are Prepared To Vote!!!

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HAITI ELECTIONS: Haitians Are Prepared To Vote!!!

Post by Michel Nau_ » Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:10 am

Election's approach turns concern into quiet optimism
Haitians prepare to vote Tuesday for the first time since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide sent the nation into a state of near anarchy.
BY JOE MOZINGO
jmozingo@MiamiHerald.com

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Crippled by two years of bloodshed and economic stagnation, Haiti is heading toward elections Tuesday amid hopes of advancing its tortuous transition to democracy that began 20 years ago -- and fears of even worse chaos.
A peaceful and fair ballot that delivers a recognized, legitimate winner will offer Haiti a chance to restore security, seek out foreign investors and set off on the long road to economic recovery and social reform.

But a day marred by major violence, fraud or serious challenges to the winner could keep the poorest nation in the hemisphere in the grip of one of its longest and most violent crises
since the Duvalier dictatorship ended in 1986.

International donors have paid nearly $60 million to hold the presidential and parliament elections in hopes they will lift this nation out of the mire of lawlessness and political recriminations that emerged when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled the country in 2004 in the face of heavy opposition and an armed rebellion.

BALANCE IS TILTING
While many Haitians and foreign observers were initially dubious, their mood now seems cautiously optimistic for the vote on Tuesday -- 20 years to the day after Jean-Claude ''Baby Doc'' Duvalier fled the country.
''We've reached a point where the balance now is tilting toward holding the elections,'' said Mark Schneider, a senior vice president of the International Crisis Group who has consistently warned of the perils of holding an election prematurely. ``There's less likely to be violence in
Haiti's future if they hold elections than if they don't.''

Like many others here, Schneider also expressed concern that armed groups -- connected to political leaders who fear they will lose -- will try to disrupt the process. But the last week of campaigning has seen a modicum of calm.

CLASS CLASH
Leading the polls is René Préval, a former president and protégé of Aristide. He has support from rural areas to the capital's slums -- some of which are controlled by heavily armed gangs demanding Aristide's return and openly fighting the U.N. peacekeepers.Many in Haiti's business class fear that a Préval presidency would empower the slum gangs.

But violence is not solely the domain of Aristide supporters. Haitian National Police Director General Mario Andresol has told The Miami Herald that he fears gunmen opposed to Préval are planning violence to disrupt the vote.[
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Historically, Haitian elections have seen violence as military and political leaders took their fight to the streets in clear acts of repression. In 1987, thugs linked to the now disbanded armed forces massacred at least 34 people on election day.
Top U.N. officials and foreign diplomats say they do not foresee widespread violence delaying the process.
''I don't see things collapsing as they did in 1987,'' said Tim Carney, chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy here. ``Everyone -- some grudgingly -- wants to go to elections. They want to get rid of this interim government and get a constitutional government and move forward.''

REDUCING VOTER FRAUD
But the U.S.-backed interim government of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue and foreign election advisors have faced serious obstacles preparing for the elections, delayed four times since October. Just more than 3.5 million people are registered to vote on Tuesday -- c
ompared to more than four million in 2000.
U.N. advisors and Haitian electoral officials say that while they may not have quite the quantity of voters as in the past, the level of fraud will be sharply reduced.
''This election has to be like a lighthouse for the future of the country,'' said Rosemond Pradel, secretary general of the Electoral Council. ``Most of the past elections have been fraudulent. That is why the economy and society is in shambles today. This needs to be a new starting point.''

Organization of American States technicians have created a database of voters and high-tech ID cards. Election workers at roughly 800 voting centers will have a printout showing the voter's name and photo. And fingerprinting will prevent people from voting twice.
''I never thought this feeling we have now, that the election will take place and people want to vote, would come to pass,'' said Claude Paren
t, secretary general of the Canadian-funded International Mission of Evaluation of Elections in Haiti, the largest group of international electoral observers.
Parent added that while the election process was not transparent when his group first arrived in September, ``right now, it would be very difficult to take the election by fraud.''Unlike elections past, where the military or ruling party could control the balloting, there is no dominant political force in Haiti to rig the process.''I think, with all its flaws, this is going to be the least imperfect election Haiti has ever had,'' said Lionel Delatour, a prominent political consultant here and former diplomat to Washington.
Delatour added that he has seen signs that the last two years taught opposing political groups that intransigence is destructive. Whoever wins the presidency must reach out to opponents and reconcile a political class sharp
ly polarized by Aristide.

Reginald Boulos, chairman of the Haiti Chamber of Commerce and one of Aristide's most ardent foes, said the private sector is ``prepared to support and to unite behind the president . . . whoever it is, provided the international and national observation sanction this election as a fair one.''While some members of the business elite are backing Préval, many are likely to vote for the two candidates coming in second and third in the polls -- Charles Henri Baker, a farmer and business leader, and Leslie Manigat, a former president.
A runoff will be held March 19 if none of the 32 presidential candidates wins a majority.

But none of this trio has the party apparatus to ensure a majority in the 129-seat parliament, also to be elected Tuesday.
That means they will have to work with their opponents or face the type of political paralysis that dogged the latter half
of Préval's 1995-2000 term in office.
''We will have a president whose party does not control the parliament and the parliament will not have a president,'' Boulos said. ``So the capacity of the president elected to compromise and bring two or three parties in the parliament in a government of national unity will be the key of success.''

The new government's viability will also depend on the help of the international community, which pledged $1.3 billion to Haiti in August 2004 and has yet to disperse half of that.
Currently, the U.N. mission here, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, has 9,000 soldiers and civilian police on the ground. The force is still trying to build a viable police force after years of neglect and corruption have decimated it.
But MINUSTAH's mandate here is only approved through Feb. 15, and although it is likely it will be extended before then, no one knows for how long. Even a popular government will
have little to work with without significant international help.

INTERNATIONAL AID
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said the United Nations would probably need to remain for a decade to get Haiti back on track.
Roads are decrepit.
Electricity is spotty.
Schooling is too costly for much of the eight million population, half of which is illiterate.
The healthcare system is in shambles.
Half the country does not have access to drinking water.
Deforestation is turning the countryside into a desert, and peasant families are moving into the urban slums like Cité Soleil, where gangs fill the vacuum left by weak or corrupt authority.

''The horrible misery of the people who live in Cité Soleil and the abandonment of the people by the state has made the people rely on the gangs,'' said Juan Gabriel Valdés, Annan's special representative in Haiti.
Valdés said the new government will have
to work with foreign donors on a vast humanitarian effort to reduce political tensions and boost the economy.
But the first step comes Tuesday.
''Everyone has come to the conclusion that the election wil take place on Feb. 7 and they just have to accept that,'' Valdés said. ``

I believe it is absolutely necessary that everyone participates.''

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A High-Tech Sham is Underway

Post by Ezili Danto » Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:58 am

Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/pierre10022004.html
Oct. 2005

[quote]A High-Tech Sham is Underway
Haiti's Elections

By LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES

The ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide was orchestrated by and for the ruling minority. For two hundred years, they have ruled the country by proxy and have undoubtedly some responsibility to bear for the current state of affairs in the country. However, following Aristide's forced departure, they have decided to change course. They have established a puppet regime of technocrats with the aim of smoothing the progress of a total minority rule and according to latest indications, they are right on target. The technocrats have turned the country upside down. They have transformed the nation into an open theater with farcical promises, farcical disarmament, farcical trials and upcoming farcical elections.


In an attempt to boost its technocratic profile, the U.S.-backed administration--assuming it survives the present chaos--plans to hold digitized elections next year in order to seal a victory for a few. According to a Reuters report released in early August, "Haiti's plans to hold high-tech and costly elections in 2005 are at risk unless international donors rapidly provide promised funds, a senior election official said. Five months after president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in an armed revolt, Haiti's electoral council needs $100 million to organize what will be the most expensive ballot in Haiti's 200 years of independence, council member Rosemond Pradel said."

The nine-member electoral council (CEP) was created without the participation of the Lavalas party, which decided to boycott it following waves of arrests and persecutions of Aristide loyalists. As the report further indicated, such situation "has undermined confidence in the panel, and es
pecially in the government's plans for a computerized voting system that some analysts fear could be manipulated to prevent Aristide's supporters among the poor majority from determining the outcome. Preparations for the election have been torn by infighting, and the electoral council faces the further challenge of trying to organize high-tech voting with digitized identity cards and electronic voting machines in a country that barely has electricity."

In an effort to appease critics of the plan, council chairwoman Roselaure Julien made a public statement last week in which she announced that an agreement was reached between the CEP and the political parties to forgo the electronic voting machines and retain the digitized ID cards instead. It is only in this status quo that one can envision digital ID cards without digital machines. Her statement, which failed to address the prospect of influencing the outcomes of the election, comes mont
hs after a power struggle to control the electoral body was made public. The infighting was so heated that both Boniface and Latortue had to intervene in order to keep the actual makeup of the institution. The clash was intended to bring down Julien and replace her with the actual representative of the private sector, which in turn wanted to have complete control over the high-tech aspect of the upcoming elections. Julien "accused her colleagues of a plot to hijack the electoral process and denounced a fierce power struggle among those who helped oust Aristide and said she had come under pressure to resign because she had resisted attempts to influence her. I won't kneel down, said Julien, I say there should be a free and fair election, not selection, nomination or plebiscite." In such a context, one must assume that the fight to control the CEP will not go away given that the private sector has no way of capturing the presidency except through electronic ballot.

nA report released by the Associated Press in late August revealed that "Haiti has signed an agreement with the United Nations and the Organization of American States to organize elections next year and already has US$9 million in U.S. aid available to help cover the costs. The U.S. aid will be spent on training elections personnel, creating a new voter registration system and setting up an electronic voting system." This is why, despite Julien's statement on the rejection of computerized voting machines, American and Venezuelan experts are on the ground conducting demonstrations on the significance and benefits of electronic voting.

Last July, international donors pledged over $1 billion to help rebuild Haiti. The technocrats hope to use part of that money to organize a computerized election where the winners will be pre-selected.[b/] Upon receiving the donors' pledge, Latortue promised to double electricity service to 12 hours in Port-au-Prince.
So where will his administration find enough energy resources to run a high-tech voting system across the country? Through some technocratic means perhaps. Besides the electricity dilemma, other challenges must also be addressed. In a country where close to 80% of the population are illiterate and basic infrastructures are nearly nonexistent, the idea to run a computerized election is beyond human comprehension. Despite all the uncertainties associated with electronic voting machines--a system terribly unreliable and not accountable--Haiti would be the last place in this region to hold high-tech elections.

In a further attempt to secure the elections, the private sector has launched a new political party, Parti Libéral Haitien (Haitian Liberal Party). The party will run on a conservative platform with the aim of boosting the private sector and promoting a liberal economy, they claimed. To the surprise of the Haitian political class, the announcement was made in Norway during a forum o
rganized and hosted by the Norwegian government for various segments of the Haitian civil society in late August. In the lead-up to the coup against Aristide, the leader of the Group 184, Andy Apaid Jr., promised his allies that he would never transform his movement into a political party. But things have changed lately and the machine has been set in motion. They have the party and the means; the only missing factor is the ballot. They are in no way capable of collecting the necessary votes except through electronic voting, which is also one tangible way to deter people from voting and suppress the majority. Even if voters were to show up to the polling stations, the technocrats are well aware of the challenges that people will face in trying to use the computerized machines. They will probably rely on high-tech poll workers to "assist" the voters. They are not concerned about huge voter turnout; they only need the elections to be held as planned.

Since Aristide's forced departure, the vast
majority of Haitians have been marginalized and left with no credible figures to represent their interests. The technocrats have used all tactics in their effort to repress all dissent, to persecute former Lavalas officials and incarcerate them in order to silence the poor majority. In the name of the majority, they are working actively to facilitate a transition that will plunge the endangered nation further into despair. Their ultimate fate lies in their disregard of the country's 200 years history.

Lucson Pierre-Charles, a native of Haiti, now lives in Maryland. He can be reached at: lpierrecharles@yahoo.com

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Bush Administration turn down request for helicopters

Post by Ezili Danto » Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:20 pm

Bush Administration turned down a recent request from the UN electoral team for the loan of helicopters to collect ballots from remote areas.

With mules and computers, Haiti bids for democracy
05 Feb 2006 16:21:50 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Joseph Guyler Delva
[quote]With mules and computers, Haiti bids for democracy
By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 5 (Reuters) - With hired mules packing ballots over mountainous terrain, voters walking miles to polls and computers ready to tally the totals, Haiti's election promises to be a tenuous marriage of primitive and high-tech.

An impoverished Caribbean nation of 8.5 million where most people live on less than $2 a day, Haiti faces daunting challenges in its latest attempt at a democratic vote, its first since Jean-Bertrand
Aristide was overthrown two years ago.

With a budget of about $75 million provided by the United States and other nations, elections officials have stumbled in some attempts to add powerful modern technology to Tuesday's election, which has been plagued by problems registering millions of voters and hiring workers for polling stations.

A plan to transmit computerized voting results by satellite across the largely rural nation broke down. A request to Washington for U.S. helicopters to collect ballots from remote areas was rejected.

Officials were forced to hire a herd of mules to tote the ballots over the mountains.

"We would have used some mules anyway but we're using a few more because we don't have the helicopters," said David Wimhurst, a spokesman for the United Nations mission in Haiti.

Donor nations have pledged about $1.3 billion since Aristide's departure to help Haiti, where political turmoil, illiteracy, joblessness and environmental catastrophe leav
e the poor masses destitute and malnourished. About half the money has been disbursed.

LOGISTIC PROBLEMS

The presidential and legislative elections, originally scheduled for last November, have been put off several times due to logistic problems registering 3.5 million voters and distributing identity cards -- some 600,000 of them going to people who have never before had any form of identification.

Critics complain that a decision to open only 800 large voting centers instead of small community polling stations will force some people to walk miles to cast their ballots. Officials in the interim government appointed after Aristide's ouster have told voters to just do it -- rise early and walk.

With television a luxury and radio the dominant medium, dozens of people make their way each day to the front of the National Palace, where officials mounted posters bearing the names and pictures of the 30-plus presidential candidates on the metal fence surrounding the stately whitewashed m
ansion.

Some voters take copious notes.

"I thought it was important to see their faces and know the parties they represent," said Moreth Benjamin, who was jotting down information.

In a nation where nearly 50 percent of adults do not read, ballots bear photos of the 1,400 candidates for office and symbols for their party affiliations. Voters will mark an X in a circle by the candidate of their choice.

Critics say the large voting centers could disintegrate into chaos, with thousands of voters who can't read trying to find the right place to vote and match their names to registration lists.

Vote tallies from the centers will be put in sealed containers and transferred to a large warehouse at Sonapi, near Port-au-Prince's airport, where data operators sitting at more than 160 computers will enter results for tabulation.

Elections officials said the result should be known within three days.
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Michel Nau_

Post by Michel Nau_ » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:32 pm

René Préval n'écarte pas la possibilité qu'Aristide connaisse le même sort que l'ancien dictateur péruvien Alberto Fujimori, s'il décide de rentrer en Haiti

Le candidat de l'Espoir invoque l'article 42 de la constitution et les poursuites judiciaires dont son "jumeau" pourrait faire l'objet ; Préval représente Lavalas sans l'assumer, selon un proche conseiller du candidat ; des bourses d'étude à l'étranger envisagées pour faire partir les chefs de gangs de Cité Soleil

Posté le dimanche 5 février 2006
Par Radio Kiskeya
L'ancien Président Lavalas (le parti d'Aristide), René Préval, candidat à un second mandat aux présidentielles de mardi, a une fois de plus tenté de marquer son territoire par rapport à un son "jumeau" Jean-Bertrand Aristide qui vit en exil en Afrique du Sud, près de deux ans après sa chute, le 29 février 2004.

Selon le quot
idien français Le Monde, Préval aurait récemment dressé un parallèle entre Aristide et l'ancien Président péruvien Alberto Fujimori, emprisonné depuis plusieurs mois au Chili où il avait clandestinement débarqué dans le but de regagner son pays à l'issue de cinq années d'exil. "Il (Aristide) devrait tenir compte de ce qui est arrivé à Alberto Fujimori s'il décide de rentrer" a indiqué le candidat de la Plate-Forme Lespwa (Espoir), lors d'une réunion en petit comité à la chambre de commerce haitiano-américaine (HAMCHAM), en décembre dernier.
Après avoir régné sans partage sur le Pérou pendant dix ans, Fujimori qui faisait l'objet de graves accusations de corruption et de violations des droits humains, s'était réfugié en 2000 au Japon, son pays d'origine.

Sur la même lancée, René Préval a brandi, pour la première fois, l'article 42 de la constitution qui prévoit des poursuites judiciaires contre quiconque se serait rendu coupable de violations de la loi. "J
'ai dit aux entrepreneurs, et j'ai répété lors d'un meeting aux Cayes (sud) que j'appliquerai la constitution. L'article 41 bannit l'exil et l'article 42 dit que nul ne peut se soustraire à la justice" a affirmé l'ancien chef d'Etat Lavalas interrogé quelques jours avant le srcutin présidentiel et législatif de mardi.
Jusqu'ici très ambigu sur le sort d'Aristide en cas d'une victoire de son parti, le candidat avait laissé entendre à plusieurs reprises que la constitution interdisait l'exil, tout en refusant d'être comparé à son mentor.
René Préval qui a fait savoir que le monde rural sera sa priorité afin d'enrayer le processus de bidonvillisation du pays, s'est, par ailleurs, montré disposé à trouver une sortie honorable aux chefs de gangs de Cité Soleil (nord de Port-au-Prince), responsables de nombreux actes criminels dont des enlèvemnents en série dans et autour de la capitale.

"On a bien négocié la sortie des généraux Namphy et Cédras" (auteurs de coups d'Etat respectivement
en 1988 et 1991), a-t-il dit en réponse à une proposition qu'aurait faite le coordonnateur du Groupe des 184, André Apaid Junior, relativement à des bourses d'étude qui pourraient etre accordées en Amérique du sud aux caids du plus grand bidonville du pays.
Pour sa part, l'ancien secrétaire d'Etat à la sécurité publique, Robert Manuel, un proche ami de Préval qui avait dû s'exiler en raison d'un conflit ouvert avec Aristide en 1999, estime qu'en cas d'élection son candidat "il sera implacable avec les criminels et les trafiquants".

Un autre proche conseiller du candidat ayant requis l'anonymat assume pratiquement la duplicité politique de Préval, en expliquant que l'ex-Président "doit jouer finement". "Il a refusé de se présenter sous la bannière de Fanmi Lavalas mais, il ne peut se couper des voix lavalassiennes" a-t-il conclu.

Enfin, Le Monde a recueilli l'opinion de Rosny Smarth, ancien Premier ministre de Préval, sur les difficult
és auxquelles pourrait etre confrontée une nouvelle administration Lavalas. "J'ignore jusqu'à quel point les relations entre entre Ti René et Aristide ont changé. Mais, je crains qu'il ne soit pris dans un étau entre l'exilé d'Afrique du Sud et les bases lavalassiennes".

Le 9 juin 1997, Smarth, membre de la coordination nationale de l'Organisation du Peuple en Lutte (OPL), avait dû abandonner son poste face aux pressions des organisations populaires (OP) qui contestaient violemment la politique du gouvernement avec l'aval d'Aristide et de Préval.
Mardi, quelque 3,5 millions d'électeurs seront appelés aux urnes en vue de se choisir un nouveau Président, 30 Sénateurs et 99 Députés. Un éventuel second tour opposera les deux premiers candidats qui arriveront en tete sans obtenir la majorité absolue, dans l'une ou l'autre des trois catégories. spp/RK

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Fraud anticipated in order to compel a second round

Post by Ezili Danto » Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:59 am

Fraud anticipated in order to compel a second round

" We are counting heavily on the Americans not to let someone loyal to Aristide be elected just two years after his ouster" - AHP, Feb. 6, 2006


Onè e respè la sosyete,

The recent Miami Herald article, by Joe Mozingo, entitled "Election's approach turns concern into quiet optimism" and posted above http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewt ... 3699#13699 , pretty much outlines the new spin for muting the voices of the masses, if the result of these selections are allowed to go to Rene Preval.

The plan, then, is to make sure there is "a president whose party does not control the parliament and the parliament will not have a president,'' Boulos said." (See above Michelnau copied, &qu
ot;Election's approach turns concern into quiet optimism:
Haitians prepare to vote Tuesday for the first time since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide sent the nation into a state of near anarchy" by Joe Mozingo Miami Herald, )

Be assured, based on what we know about Haiti Democracy Project, IRI, Boulos and the neo-cons, compromise is not what they stand for. If that were the case, as the NYT article "Democracy Undone" show, these neocons would have negotiated a solution with Aristide and Haiti would not have suffered a coup d'etat, over 10,000 Haitians would not now be dead, countless in prison and in exile and the instability, insecurity, chaos, kidnapping, drug dealing worse than ever in Haitian history. Thus, it would be foolish to believe now that those who want total power, by hook or by crook, and have committed mass
murder for it, would now work, as Boulos says in this Miami Herald article, so that the "... capacity of the president elected to compromise and bring two or three parties in the parliament in a government of national unity will be the key of success.'' (See, "Democracy Undone: Mixed Signals.... ) Puhhhleeeze!!!

Don't buy it. HLLN has never bought the idea that elections alone, not to mention elections-under-occupation or run by foreigners and an unconstitutional regime will solve Haiti's social and economic disparities. Moreover, the sewage of the coup d'etat will seep into these selections even if the ballot counting reflects the actual votes of the majority of the people casting votes in tomorrow's high-tech, less-polling-places-than-2000, exclusionary elections in Haiti. Fact is, Boulos has just outlined the next obstruction that Haiti's powerfully-Washington-connected Middle Eastern Haitian
minority can take even if the Timothy Carney/USAID/US State Department allows a (perceived) Lavalas candidate to take office in Haiti.

A few days ago, as I read the posted Miami Herald "optimism" article, knowing this corporate newspaper's penchant at spins and spewing out the State Department's and Middle Eastern Haitian's propaganda, ahh..I thought, the attempt to establish politique de doublure has a history. It goes way back to the beginning of our Haitian history (even as early as with Christophe and Pétion).

The point is when the un-electable mulatto (the paradigm now transformed to not, mulatto/black, but the poor masses against the un-electable middle eastern Haitians) can't win through free and fair elections they customarily and routinely attempt to put up a Black as figurehead. (I use "Black" here, not in US racial terms, but Dessaline's "lovers of liberty" term - that is theoretically to mean a Haitian representative wh
o has a mass base and would be expected to push for the elevation of the poor with government sponsored social and economic programs, not work solely in the interests of Category One, the US/Euro imperialist. See, Radio Interview with Marguerite Laurent on Haitian History and meaning of Jan. 1st and "Black" in Haitian history: ; or, "Another Independence Day under occupation" by Marguerite Laurent, SFBayview: ) .

The current application of the doubluture idea, as articulated by Haiti Chamber of Commerce chairman and Haiti Democracy Project's Reginald Boulos, would be to allow a Rene Preval, who has a mass base and constituency to be a figurehead, an administrator, while real power is wielded by the neocon-chosen Prime Minister in the interests of said Haitian minorities and their foreign IRI/USAID/CIDA/E
uropean Union-sort of foreign backers.

Presently, now that it appears that 9,000 foreign troops working, as proxies for the Bush Administration and their Haitian sweatshop/neocon agents, may not be successful at indefinitely maintaining, by force, or even by rigged elections the reign of Group 184/Haiti Democracy Project/Bush-McCain-Noreiga Regime-change, today Boulos, Boulos, (a Haiti Democracy Project/Group 184 founder/creator), is desperately, according to the Miami Herald quote noted above, reaching to try establish politique de doublure (politics by understudies). Under this system, a "Black" leader would serve as figurehead for mulatto/middle eastern/US imperialist elitist rule.

Ase! Enough already.

It's time for the efforts at muting the voice of the masses to STOP. Enough of the blood of Haiti's poor has been spilled. There's been enough impasse overall. It is way past time for these Middle Eastern Haitian fol
ks to understand we live in a new age, the poor's children won't allow either for rule-by-force, or for polique de doublure to be successful in this new age and begin the dialogue towards establishing mutual co-existence within the various sectors making up the Haitian family.

Listen up: Christophe may have failed after Dessaline's death to unite our Haitian family. But we, in this generation won't fail, will not be content to be exotic backdrops for tourists enjoying our land and resources, or to take figurehead roles, or accept dependency and patriarchy, as doled out, by the socially and historically define "white peoples" (on either the Left or Right sides of the world's political spectrum) and their Haitian sycophants.

Our task, the task of decent Haitians of this generation, is to begin bringing into application the 1804 feat of the African ancestors - which means Haitians extending from source and requires we begin by redefining our relationship with the imperialists (or
, if you prefer, by redefining our relationship with the white saviors, from both the right and left spectrum of the political divide) and through institutionalizing the rule of law in Haiti, so that all Haitians, irrespective of color, gender, class, religion or national origin, shall be afforded equal rights and opportunities under the law and its due application.

It is time for the foreign gatekeepers in Haiti to stop their repression, and one-sided application of the UN Mission mandate, Haitian and international laws. HLLN request DDR be equally applied to the poor living in the populous areas and, not solely given only to those who stood against the Constitutional Government

If the infamous Louis Jodel Chamblain, Frank Romain and Guy Phillipe could be roaming free in Haiti, who is to deny asylum to the poor combatants or even the criminal suspects in Site Soley? Why shouldn't DDR be applied to these folks if people like Rudolph Boulos, who once was summoned for
questioning in February 2002 concerning the assassination of Haitian journalist, Jean Dominique, has yet to face any imprisonment or civil sanctions. There is no doubt that Jean Dominique publicly lambasted Rudolph Boulos for having sold poisoned children's cough syrup, through his company Pharval Pharmaceuticals. Over sixty poor Haitian children died from diethyl alcohol contamination of Afrebril and Valodon syrups, the deadly concoction brewed in Boulo's private laboratories. but Boulos roams Haiti, like Guy Phillip, Toto Constant, Louis Jodel Chamblaim, free.

Why is there a double standard, as applied to Haiti, especially by the internationals and the righteous Neocons, as to what makes a "criminal." Does having no money necessarily means one is less deserving of asylum, justice and reintegration into society?

What's to be done with Haiti Democracy Project's founder, Stanley Lucas of the International Republican Institute that is not to be considered for those who fought off t
he bi-centennial coup d'etat in Haiti?

Are Haitians to forget Lucas' treasonous actions for bringing about the bi-centennial coup d'etat but not to forgive those who fought off the IRI/Lucas/Apaid/Carney destabilization? Why should we forget the Raboteau massacres, the July 6, 2006 Site Soley Massacres, the Fort National Massacres, or that Lucas was implicated in the Jean Rabel 1987 massacre of peasants?

Are we to continue asking the UN to go in and slaughter the "gangs" in Site Soley, but forget to ask that the coup d'etat folks be brought to justice; that people like Haiti Democracy Project's Olivier Nadal, the former president of the Haitian Chamber of Commerce, who is implicated in a peasant massacre in the Haitian township of Piatre in 1990 be just [b/] allowed to continue roaming the country, like Lucas, Guy Phillipe, Louis Jodel Chamblaim, Toto Constant, FRAPH, Stanley Handal, the Boulos brothers, Apaid, et al, as free men, representatives
of all that is good and beautiful and Eurocentric and innately non-criminal in Haiti! Don't think so, folks.

This is a new day.

Justice must be equally applied or we have just wasted the lives of over 10,000 Haitians in another coup d'etat and should just expect the same old song to be playing if a new paradigm is not establish and NOW.

HLLN would hope, that if the people of Haiti vote Rene Preval into office, that said Haitian vote would, for once, be respected by the international community and that the new authorities, along with the international gatekeepers would immediately begin applying the rule of law - which would mean equal application of DDR to all combatants, release of the political prisoners, resignation of Latortue, return of the exiles, stop to the repressions, the beginning of an authentic Haitian national dialogue and investigation into the coup d'etat, a dialogue about the role of foreigners on Haitian so
il and the responsibility of the Haitian minority to the Haitian body politic and nation.

Below is an English translation of a Feb. 6, 2006 AHP article where I found statement quoted above which begin this piece. The quote, which I reiterate to end this essay, reminds us all, once again, of why these elections will always be contested, there are political prisoners in Haiti, terror in going out to vote and foreign powers counting Haitian ballots. And, here's the bottom line, as articulated by a imperialists/group184/Latortue sympathizer, who stands in alliance with what the population is actually fighting against. He articulates the Boulos/Apaid/Carney hopes for Feb. 7, 2006:" We are counting heavily on the Americans not to let someone loyal to Aristide be elected just two years after his ouster""

Given all this, we anticipate fraud on Feb. 7, 2006, not to mention the terrorizing of the voters. Yet, we know Haitian will overcome, one way or the other,
transforming terror into hope. HLLN commits to continue speaking truth to power no matter the shenanigans of these selections. It's time, way past time, for a Haitian national dialogue to begin as outline herein.

Ezili Danto
Feb. 6, 2006


The AHP article:

[quote]Port-au-Prince is under high security on the eve of the elections, but there are serious concerns about the possibility of massive voter fraud designed to necessitate a second round of the elections

Port-au-Prince, February 6, 2006 (AHP)- Calm prevailed in Port-au-Prince on the eve of Tuesday's elections for a new president and 129 members of Parliament.

Soldiers from MINUSTAH and police officers from the United Nations Police (UNPOL) and the Haitian National Police (PNH) are present everywhere in the capital, (Port-au-Prince), to prevent any possible acts of violence that could disrupt the first elections to be held since the sudden departure of President Aristide on February 29, 2004.


At the same time, rumors have been circulating throughout the day about possible attempts at vote fraud.

The supporters of the Platform of Hope and many diplomats accredited to Haiti declare they are practically certain of victory this February 7th for candidate René Garcia Préval, while sectors close to the former opposition to Aristide are counting on the possibility that one of their candidates may make it to the second round.

Incidents of destruction of photos of Préval were observed this Monday in the vicinity of Frères and Petion-Ville.

Reports have also circulated regarding the discovery of ballot boxes stuffed with ballots at a home in Delmas 65, while an individual close to the CEP tried to reassure the public's concerns about the possible existence of fictitious polling stations.

One individual was arrested last week at the Haitian-Dominican border with ballot boxes in his possession that were full of ballots already marked for a candidate of the former opposit
ion to Aristide.

People gathered at mid-day along the Champs-de-Mars not far from the National Palace chanting "the vote in favor of the favorite will be so massive there will be no room for shenanigans".

A short time later, young professionals who were having drinks at a bar in Pétion-Ville were voicing their opinions.

" We are counting heavily on the Americans not to let someone loyal to Aristide be elected just two years after his ouster" said one of the bar patrons.

Another replied "any attempt at fraud with which one sector or another of the international community might choose to associate itself would only plunge the country deeper into chaos".

Numerous sectors of the population say they are counting on the presence of tens of thousands of international observers and poll watchers from the political parties to deflect any attempt at dirty tricks, some of which co
uld be very subtle, in their opinion.

At least five members of the body tasked with organizing the 2006 elections are members of parties of the former opposition to Aristide that are in the race for this election.

CEP Secretary General Rosemond Pradel is a high-ranking official of KONAKOM, one of the three parties of the Fusion coalition whose presidential candidate is Serge Gilles, while Father Freud Jean is a member of the directorate of the OPL party (Organization of the People in Struggle) which is running Paul Denis as its candidate for president. Pastor Pauris Jean-Baptiste, CEP Treasurer François Benoit, and CEP member Joséphat Gauthier all belong to the Group of 184, the organization of André Apaid Junior to which the independent candidate Charles Henri Baker belongs.

In other election news, the Provisional Electoral Council held a ceremony monday to inaugurate a center for releasing the results of the 2006 elections.

CEP Executive Director Jacques Bernard describ
ed the opening of this center as a clear, positive step toward modernization with regard to the holding of transparent elections in Haiti.

Mr. Bernard reiterated the determination of the CEP to facilitate the smooth running of the elections.

"Everything is all set from the CEP's point of view for the holding of the presidential and legislative elections on February 7th", declared Mr. Bernard, who asked the public to turn out massively at the polls to choose capable leaders to help Haiti find its way out of the impasse.

He appealed for solidarity and civic fraternity from all who are fortunate enough to know how to read, urging them to come to the assistance of people who are unable to identify the polling offices and polling stations.

Emphasizing that the future of Haiti is in the hands of the population, Mr. Bernard said he believes that the collaboration of all is very important to the smooth running of the elections.

The center where the elections
results will be released is the only official voice of the CEP, mandated to communicate the results of the elections. It will welcome the new members of the government, representatives of the diplomatic corps, observers, and more than 500 journalists, said Mr. Bernard.

Mr. Bernard went on to recall that the counting of ballots will be down in the open, in the presence of representatives of political parties, journalists and observers.
AHP February 6, 2006 11:3O PM

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Michel Nau_

Post by Michel Nau_ » Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:00 pm

Ezili wrote:[quote]The point is when the un-electable mulatto (the paradigm now transformed to not, mulatto/black, but the poor masses against the un-electable middle eastern Haitians) can't win through free and fair elections they customarily and routinely attempt to put up a Black as figurehead[/quote]
Ezili, why do you have to bring ethnicity in this debate?
Are you insinuating that Antoine Izmery and others are not worthy to be Haitians?
We know that Aristide had a lot of “Syrian” supporters; do you mean that he was a puppet put in power by those Middle Eastern Haitians?
Please give us some light on this comment

Ezili continues:[quote]It is way past time for these Middle Eastern Haitian folks to understand we live in a new age.[/quote]
Any suggestion on what “Black Haitians” need to do about it?
Please give us yo
ur input on this matter.
AHP wrote: [quote]A short time later, young professionals who were having drinks at a bar in Pétion-Ville were voicing their opinions. " We are counting heavily on the Americans not to let someone loyal to Aristide be elected just two years after his ouster" said one of the bar patrons.[/quote]

Now AHP is quoting drunkards' opinions!! People who are intoxicated with alcohol to the point of impairment of physical and mental faculties.

What a pity!!

Michel

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