Haiti Democracy Project web page item #3448 (http://www.haitipolicy.org)
Haitians turned out in mass throughout the country to vote today. The challenges of the early hours were related mostly related to the failures of basic organization of the process and its logistics. Under the management of the Organization of American States (OAS), the elections preparations suffered several delays and the main deficiencies noted today included an insufficient number of polling stations in many areas, lack of voting materials and incorrect precincts addresses.
Few violent incidents were reported throughout the day: in the West Department, gangs linked to Candidate Rene Preval tried to intimidate voters in few polling stations; in the Artibonite, supporters of Youri Latortue a senate candidate who is also a nephew of the current Prime Minister had several violent confrontations with Pr
eval supporters which negatively impacted on voter turn out in the area; in Fonds Verrettes, local electoral authorities only allowed Preval's representatives to access the polling stations.
At this stage, all signs suggest that for the Presidential and Legislative races, the majority of the candidates will have to prepare for a runoff. The major challenges for the Haitian electoral authorities and the OAS include:
1.Secure the ballots and the tally sheets to ensure a proper count. Ballots can be used for possible recount in contested elections. This has been a major issue in Haiti's past elections, which has often led to conflicts and turmoil. This is a simple, straightforward step that can go a long way in eliminating any possible challenges or misunderstandings in the aftermath of this first round
2. Prevent a propaganda war over the upcoming results. A part of the foreign press seems to be in a hurry to present a winner before the Haitian electoral authorities do so. Be prepared.
According to the Electoral Law, elections results cannot be projected and are not final until officially announced and published by the Haitian Electoral Committee.
3.Upon closing the polling stations this evening, and during the next three days, electoral officials and observers must remain vigilant and manage to preempt any efforts by third parties to manipulate the results.
I found the spin in the following as presented by them (they'd like of course, to have a second round between Preval and Baker; that's their goal. Read it again, as I got it bold:
2. Prevent a propaganda war over the upcoming results. A part of the foreign press seems to be in a hurry to present a winner before the Haitian electoral authorities do so. Be prepared. According to the Electoral Law, elections results cannot be projected and are not final until officially announced and published by the Haitian Electoral Committee.
They know that the foreign me
dia can clearly see the winner and therefore, they're preparing the whole world for a second round, hoping that Baker will win at that point. That's the ultimate goal. Don't be fool!! That's how they prepared the world psychologically after May 2000, for stating now that Lavalas had stolen the elections.
Veye yo. The'yre already preparing the stage for a major battle. So don't be fool!!
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