HLLN questions MINUSTHA's credibility, OAS’s credibility, Washington’s credibility and their allies' credibility, willingness and ability to legitimately support and safeguard the people's landslide mandate to President Rene Preval
1. NO DEAL ELECTED RENE PREVAL, THE PEOPLE OF HAITI ELECTED PRESIDENT RENE PREVAL and now its been firmly DECLARED by the de facto authorities at the CEP
HLLN takes this opportunity to remind the world that no “deal” elected President Preval.
President Preval was elected by the people of Haiti, not by a "deal" brokered by the international community led by Brazil, not by 51.15% which we know the opposition will soon be
calling a “slight lead.” No. President Preval won legally and by a LANDSLIDE as all can see who have eyes in their heads, who check the tally sheets before they got to the CEP tabulation center and who take a look at the long, long lines going out to vote for Preval and who have been in the streets since to make sure their votes were not negated by the US-supported illegal authorities.
President Preval won by a landslide that was being fraudulently cut down because of MASSIVE FRAUD by the illegal authorities running the show in Haiti. Those are the facts. The CEP's tabulations is the farce requiring questioning, not the people's landslide mandate to Rene Preval.
A February 16, 2006, New York Times article, by Ginger Thompson, entitled "A Deal Is Reached to Name a Victor in Haiti's Election" states:
"The official from the Organization of American States, who insisted on anonymity because of the fragile nature of the agreement, said
that loopholes in Haitian electoral law allow the government to discard an estimated 85,000 blank ballots included in the original tally. By excluding them, Mr. Préval's lead would increase from 48.7 percent of the votes to slightly more than 51 percent." (Emphasis Added)
HLLN has already outlined those "loopholes," for the world, in our report, dated February 14, 2006, entitled "HLLN report on Haitian Election Laws." ( https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilid ... 00012.html )
In said HLLN analysis of the election laws, HLLN articulated the Haitian people's legal and moral right to have all their votes COUNTED. We explain how blank votes had never been counted before. We explain how the people of Haiti exhibited too much fervor to vote for the leader of their choice due to the two-years coup d'etat repressions, sacrificed too much to get in
those long lines, to then cast almost 5% as blank votes. We pointed out that voided and unused votes could have easily been recorded as blank votes. We examine the law that covers blank votes and stated:
..... Article 185 is ambivalent and could be argued to both allow and deny the counting of blank votes. It leaves a lot of room for manipulation and massive fraud. For instance, the rule that “Blank ballots are validated and counted” seems to contradict and negate the rule that “Ballots where the Bureau can’t identify the elector’s intention or political will are declared void” and vice versa. Thus, if the candidate you want to win is ahead, you don’t count the blank votes and that is legal according to Article 185. Also, if the candidate you don’t want to win is ahead, you COUNT the votes, and that too appears legal. Point is, if ballots where the voter's intention is not clear are considered "null", and thus not counted, how can the authorities count blank ballots? How can they
say that a blank ballot clearly indicates a voter's intention? This is PRECISELY why today, in the streets of Haiti, the people are saying these elections were RIGGED in favor of the Group 184/CEP-members political party affiliations to begin with!.....
The people's voice was duly heard this morning, February 16, 2006, as "officially" confirmed and declared when Max Mathurin announced (notice it wasn't the extra-extra-illegal Jacques Bernard who made the announcement) that Rene Preval had won the elections on the first round!
Ayibobo. Ayibobo. Ayibobo.
HLLN congratulates the people of Haiti for their vigilance, for the huge sacrifices they made in order to vote, for remaining mobilized, even after they had cast their votes, unlike for instance, the voters in Ohio or Florida, and for absolutely refusing to allow their votes to be stolen by high tech computer or tabulation maneuvers. A GREAT PEOPLE they are indeed and without peer in struggling for their own
civil, human and cultural rights in this hostile American Mediterranean. Chapo ba pèp Ayisyen, chapo ba. Ayibobo!
This being said, HLLN also encourages further investigation into the role of CEP staff members in the attempt to swing the election away from Rene Preval's outright victory and an investigation of the role of MINUSTHA in the security or lack thereof, and with respect to electoral fraud, especially in terms of the ballots found smoldering at the garbage dump in Truitier. Why is HLLN requesting an investigation of MINUSTHA's role? Well, because HLLN and everyone else, in-the-know about Haitian issues, and who is not being obtuse, EXPECTED the interim government to try and commit fraud and try to maintain the power grab of the bi-centennial coup d'etat for the Haitian bourgeoisie and their foreign interests through these elections.
However, a great many sincere people still regard the UN as credible. And, besides, they are impinging on Haitian sovereignty and being PAID millions p
er month as "peacekeepers."
Thus, it is beyond the pale to countenance their involvement in electoral fraud in Haiti.
All efforts must be made to get to the bottom of this and quickly. Otherwise, how is the newly elected President of Haiti to rely on these troops to buttress, shore-up and support, without prejudice or bias, the transition to Rene Preval or, to provide real police security and stability with equal treatment afforded to ALL the peoples of Haiti, no matter their wealth or political leanings, in accordance with Haitian and international laws?
2. CEP HAS NO AUTHORITY TO COUNT, RE-COUNT OR EXAMINE BALLOTS IN THE FIRST PLACE (The exception comes in after declaring a winner and if a credible complaint has been duly received.)
HLLN publicly pointed out, explained and detailed the blank vote "loopholes", but what's MORE IMPORTANT, and should not be disregarded, as we all celebrate the people’s victory, is th
at, as HLLN also was the first to point out, the CEP is not authorized, to be COUNTING, sorting or examining or re-examining cast ballots at its "tabulation center" in Port au Prince. Not according to their own electoral laws. (See, HLLN Report on Haitian Election Laws, Feb. 14, 2006 - the CEP is no authority to COUNT or EXAMINE ballots, this is left to the polling stations.
https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilid ... 00012.html
HLLN demanded that the CEP STOP re-examining, determining, counting or sorting the ballots cast in the Feb. 7, 2006 election, including determining "blank" and "null" votes and do its job, which is simply to COMPILE the ballot tally sheets and add the totals already on the sheets. Then declare a winner. If there's a protest, then on the basis of said protests, that's when the CEP would come in with dispute resolution. This is a critical point, because it was not the CEP that made Rene Preval a winn
er in Haiti. The CEP's function was ONLY to add the tally sheets, as given them. The tally sheets as given them showed clearly that Rene Preval had won the election.
Any controversy, according to their own laws, would have had to be taken into account, after they had processed the tally sheets. Again, clearly the tally sheets locally published showed Rene Preval as the WINNER hands-down in these elections. It was the CEP's venture into examining ballots, deciding or re-examing blank votes, not to mention the discovery of boxes of ballots and tally sheets from Carrefour-Feuilles and Abricots stashed in a "secret place", and other hidden boxes of ballots and tally sheets, from other areas, found hidden by CEP staff that were mostly votes for Preval, whose totals were not included in the 48.7% for Preval and the thousands upon thousands of stolen and burnt votes that has led to these charges of massive fraud and illegal activity on the part of the CEP. (See, AHP report dated Feb. 15, 2006, co
Thus, again, neither the CEP nor the international community DECIDED for Rene Preval by some "agreement" or "compromise." The people of Haiti, by a majority of the votes, VOTED for Rene Preval and are solely responsible for his victory. A victory, which the CEP clearly seemed to have tried to minimize and even negate by seemingly counting as blank votes ballots that were voided-blank-ballots not used by the polling places, and by losing custody of ballot and tally sheets, by re-examing the cast ballots, blank ballots, null ballots and tally sheets, in contravention of its own laws.
This is what must be made clear to one and all.
3. THE BLANK VOTES SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN COUNTED OR RE-COUNTED IN THE FIRST PLACE
Further, HLLN's encouraged the discounting of the blank votes because of the ambivalence in the laws, its capacity to allow or prohibit their inclusion allowed for fraud and manipulation. Also blank votes had NEVE
R been counted before in Haiti and given the people's determination to have all their VOTES counted; given the many proofs of massive fraud or gross errors and that the nearest candidate to Rene Preval has only managed to garner 11% of the vote and this 11% itself is seen, by many, as OVER-INFLATED; given the newly found "stashed ballots" just delivered to the CEP offices yesterday (See AHP Feb. 15 report below); given the burnt ballots - given all this, the Haitian people's intentions, as clearly and uncontrovertibly expressed on Feb. 7, 2006, and seen by the world, through news picture after news picture, this intention to make Rene Preval their legitimate and freely elected president HAD to be allowed free and un-tethered expression. The game was over. It wasn't that the international community "brokered" a solution. Frankly, they were part of the problem and simply realized the game was over. (See New York Times &qu
ot;Democracy Undone," then you will realize how much this "deal" idea is a farce.)
The Haiti Democracy Project, its former board member Timothy Carney, Andre Apaid, the Boulos Brotheres, Group 184 and the IRI, IFES and USAID folks do not compromise or negotiate. That's a fact made plain from 1994 to 2004. Their whole purpose has been to DESTROY the Lavalas Movement and exclude the majority in Haiti from participating in the affairs of their own nation. Period, no comma. (See, Democracy Undone by the New York Times, which, in part, confirms this allegation.)
4. The Game Was Over Once the Mainstream Media Reported the TRUTH - that the people of Haiti were PEACEFULLY protesting the attempt to negate their votes; reported all the FRAUD and showed the world, through print and on TV screens, the pictures of the burnt ballots (See the reports of the people taking over the Montana Hotel and then peacefully leaving, without incident.)
fraud reported by the mainstream media during this election crisis - a mainstream media, that this time and thank God, did not go home after the elections as they had right after the bicentennial coup d'etat, this media presence combined with the Haitian people's VIGILANCE shamed the UN troops and Haitian police into not shooting at the peaceful demonstrators as they have been shown to do, shamed the international supporters of the de facto authorities to take the right and legal position, for once.
The New York Times reported that "...Of the 2.2 million ballots cast, about 125,000 ballots have been declared invalid because of irregularities, raising suspicion among Preval supporters that polling officials were rigging the election.
Another 4 percent of the ballots were blank but were still added into the total, making it harder for Preval to obtain the 50 percent plus one vote needed." ( See, Smashed Ballot Boxes Found in Haiti", By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press Writer )
The evidence of fraud was OVERWHELMING. At one point the CEP figures showed Preval at 49% while the graph indicated 52%!. The International observers including the NDI found between 52% to 54%. Three of the members of the CEP itself said there was fraud and manipulation, and accused Jacques Bernard, a unilateral Lartortue CEP appointee, of fraudulently reducing Preval high percentage to deny him the outright majority he was given by the people and force a run-off.
5. BURNT BALLOTS:
MINUSTHA spokesman, David Wimhurst's original reaction when told about the smoldering ballots at Thuiery was to speculate that the burned ballots could have come from any of the nine polling stations across Haiti trashed on Election Day and forcing officials to throw out up to 35,000 votes.
This issue of missing and stolen ballots, ballots that were supposed to be in the custody of MINUSTHA, but ended up in a garbage truck, that issue cannot be minimized or isolated to just t
he burned ballots found in Thuirery.
First, because AHP in describing, on Feb. 14, 2006, the burned ballots wrote that
"All of these votes, many of which were found inside ballot boxes, appeared to have come from voting centers set up in the periphery of the shantytown of Cité Soleil, where more than 95% of the population voted for Espoir. "
Second, other papers and Haitian witnesses confirmed this. The Andrew Selsky New York Times article "Smashed Ballot Boxes Found in Haiti" stated, inter alia:
"Among the bags seen by AP was one vote tally sheet from the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Carrefour that recorded 129 votes for Preval out of 202 cast. "
Therefore, David Wimhurst's original speculation must be revised. The burnt ballots that were found in the garbage dump clearly also came from polling places, outside of Cite Soley, set up for Cite Soley residents and from Ca
rrefou. These polling stations WERE NOT ransacked. Those ballots and ballot tallies from non-ransacked polling places were in the custody of MINUSTHA. If not, why not? If they were delivered by MINUSTHA to the tabulation center and then sent for destruction, only an independent investigation, not a MINUSTHA or CEP conducted investigation should be mounted to shed light on these issues.
HLLN urges a thorough and INDEPENDENT investigation of allegations of fraud, but especially an investigation of MINUSTHA, in reference to the burned ballots that came from clearly un-ransacked polling places where the ballots were given into the custody of the UN.
Haitians HLLN spoke to, who examine the ballots and still have a few in their hands (as souvenirs!!!) indicate there were Xs marking a vote for Preval on most of the ballots found at Truitier, and behind the ballots, the polling place staff signature clearly indicated where they originated. The cha
rred and still smoldering ballots, but not completely destroyed ballots and tally sheets that were found at the Truitier garbage dump, showed, that these ballots originated from polling places where the people of Cite Soley voted - polling places set up just outside for the people of Site Soley. There is no question about that. It's public knowledge. (Click on the Yahoo pictures:
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u ... 715975.jpg )
Of course, the people living in the Truitier district area have also reported that the strange and heretofore unknown garbage trucks made MANY trips to the Truitier garbage dump, starting Feb. 8, 2006, the day after the election. Thus, it's conceivable other ballots besides the ballots from polling places for the people of Site Soley and Carefou were likewise burnt and we don't have proof of it because they've been burning ballots for quite a number of days before the rain came and STOPPED the evidence from being TOTALLY destroyed.
There were also found in the Truitier garbage dump, in addition to ballots, TALLY sheets. Thus, none of these ballot tallies were included in the tabulation of votes in Port au Prince. For, it's inconceivable the Truitier ballots and tallies would have gone to the tabulation center first and COUNTED, and then sent to be BURNED!
Also, when Max Mathurin, president of the CEP was told about the stolen and burned ballots and tally sheets, his first answer was that the CEP had nothing to do with this; had no knowledge of this matter and wasn’t at fault because Haiti's voting ballots and tally sheets where picked up from the polling places by MINUSTHA, and therefore were under the care of MINUSHA.
The problem with this passing the buck, of course, is that a strict reading of the CEP laws would prove, that total relinquishing of CEP function to MINUSTHA was in contravention of their own CEP laws in and of itself and that someone from the polling place or the BED -(Burea
u Électoral Départemental) (Departmental Electoral Bureau) - should, at the very least, have been with all those ballots being transported to and fro, allegedly for SECURITY reasons, by MINUSTHA to assure chain of custody.
Further, as we've already pointed out in our report of laws violated by the CEP, the actual voting ballots, according to CEP laws, were not supposed to be transported outside of the polling places, only the tally sheets and these should have been driven directly to the BED, not to the CEP.
Be that as it may, the reality is that MINUSTHA was the caretakers of HAITIAN ballots and apparently charged with getting them to the CEP tabulation center. Yet, there they are - thousands of ballots - dumped in a Truitier garbage dump, by a Boucard Pest garbage trucks, hired and in the employ of MINUSTHA!
6. The Huge Boucard Pest Garbage Trucks that begin transporting ballots as "barbage" where hired and in the employ of MINUSTHA!
ll repeat this again: The Boucard Pest garbage trucks, that dumped an unknown amount of ballots, tallies and boxes of ballots and election materials at the Truitier garbage dump, were HIRED and in the employ of MINUSTHA.
When the company was contacted, they said they were just HIRED by MINUSTHA to pick up some garbage and had no idea what the "garbage" was that they were dumping at Truitier on Feb. 8, 2006 and for many days after.
HLLN finds MINUSTHA involvement here extremely DISTURBING.
Could the hasty conclusion to the elections fraud investigation be because of this MINUSTHA involvement in the stolen ballots?
These questions should be answered. A full and independent investigation of MINUSTHA role in the matter of stolen and dump ballots is necessary.
Moreover, if ALL the ballots dumped in garbage trucks were ballots, which MINUSTHA had already delivered to the CEP's tabulation centers, then an independent investigation of the CEP is surely and absolutely n
According to a February 15, 2006 AHP report, attached below, in its entirety:
"Thousands of ballots and election count reports whose origin is unknown arrived Wednesday evening at the vote tabulation center of the CEP"
Why are their origins unknown? Did MINUSTHA bring them to the tabulation center?
The AHP article goes on to state, inter alia, that:
"According to a variety of accounts, these documents have been kept for nine days in a secret location while the executive director of the CEP had affirmed that all of the signed election tally reports (procès-verbaux) had been received by the CEP." (See AHP, February 15, 2006 article, copied below: "Thousands of ballots and election count reports whose origin is unknown arrived Wednesday evening at the vote tabulation center of the CEP")
Who transported these ballots to "a secret location"? Was it MINUSTHA or not? Where any of these ballots part of the ballot boxes transpo
rted on trucks in the employ of MINUSTHA to the Truitier garbage dump?
These questions and many pertinent others must be answered and by an independent and credible authority.
Most importantly, HLLN wants to point out, that Preval was winning by 48.76% with 90% of the total votes counted. He only needed 1.24% plus one vote to gain the majority and an outright victory without going to a second round.
HLLN repeats, that even after MASSIVE fraud, as outline above, the gap was only 1.24% and these newly found ballots, stashed in "secret locations" could only have increased Preval's lead, otherwise, there would have been no need to steal them.
Thus, all the evidence shows Rene Preval was not elected by a deal brokered by the international community.
Said "international" community created the coup d'etat crisis and election crisis. There are many questions to be faced by said international community as outlined in part, by the New York Times' "Democrac
y Undone" article. The events after the Feb. 7, 2006 elections intensifies this need for investigation into these authorities, including OAS officials and their role in this coup d'etat and now with the attempt at rigging Haiti elections in favor of their morally repugnant Haitian protégés.
This is even more critical when we remember that the votes for the Legislature positions have yet to be published.
7. THE CEP TABULATIONS WERE A FARCE IN THE FIRST PLACE
The last reported CEP results published on their website showed Rene Preval ahead at 48.76 with 90% of the votes tallied. Preval needed 50 percent plus one vote to win outright and not have to go to a second round with Leslie Manigat, who was in second place at a mere 11%.
But to the people of Haiti, Preval had won on the first round and by a landslide. They took to the streets to demand the CEP not negate their votes through fancy technocrat additions and formulas.
Copies of voting
results published, by law, at the various polling stations received and examined by HLLN showed clearly that Preval was ahead by MORE than 70% of the votes. So how come when these tallies got to the tabulations center, the percentage for Preval started to drop so precipitously?
HLLN finds the CEP tabulation were a farce. HLLN wants to make it CLEAR, Preval did not win by an agreement that GAVE him 1.4% plus one to put him over the top!!! This is subterfuge. There is no mathematically logic that would explain the fraud that kept Preval’s percentages on the steady DECREASE as they reached CEP authorities. Many believe there was massive fraud at the CEP tabulation center. They were stealing. They got caught. Rene Preval was nice enough, big enough to offer them a way out.
There are already coup d'etat folks crying foul because Rene Preval's victory was duly declared. The Haiti Democracy Project, whose former board member is the current interim US Ambassador to Haiti, Timothy Carney, said Haiti
Democracy Project is already declaring that the blank votes should have been counted and that the Preval victory is not legal. We want these folks to understand that blank votes had NOTHING to do with President Preval's victory. The people of Haiti elected President Preval by a landslide, or as they would say LAVALASEMENT!!!
The CEP tabulation was a farce in the first place. So, let's not spent the next five years arguing President Preval's legitimacy. N'ap bare wout sa prese, prese.
This farce is intended to undermine the popular mandate, the STRONG mandate given to Preval by the PEOPLE OF HAITI.
But, to the people of Haiti, this so-called agreement has nothing to do with reality. Preval won by more than 50% plus one, and without the interference of Jacques Bernard, et al and, blank ballots, null ballots, stolen and burnt ballots, missing ballots and CEP re-examinations, and a whole series of other documented irregularities, there would be no need for a "resolution."
nThose who are already starting to complain about Rene Preval's victory and centering on the discounting (or re-apportionment equally amongst the candidates) of the blank ballots as their primary lifeline to make their case, carry no legal or ethical weight.
First off, these are the very people who disregarded the Haitian Constitution and supported the forceful ouster of the constitutionally elected government of Haiti. They have no leg to stand on now, crying about the "illegality" of not counting the blank votes. Especially as, HLLN has outlined that under their own CEP’s coup d'etat laws, to count and not count blank ballots ARE BOTH LEGAL!!!! See, HLLN Report on Haitian Election Laws, Feb. 14, 2006 https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilid ... g00012.hml where HLLN outlines how the CEP article, article 185 that governs blank ballots is ambiguous and “could be argued to both allow and deny the counting of blank votes. It leaves a lot of room for manipulation and massive fraud.&quo
Those who are railing against the CONFIRMATION of Preval's victory are simply using this tabulation farce to MASK the Lavalas mandate – Lavalas in terms of the FLOOD of the people, their massive turnout on Feb. 7, 2006 and LAVALAS in terms of Aristide Lavalas, the people who support President Aristide.
8. THE FEB. 7, 2006 VOTE DEFEATED THE COUP D’ETAT
This victory for Preval is a manifestation of the people’s will; it’s a repudiation of the bicentennial coup d’etat; it is support for oustered President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by the population of Haiti and a vote against those who conducted the coup d’etat and a vote against the international folks and NGO's that financed and help orchestrate said coup. It's a vote against that sector within the UN troops and Haitian police involved in terrorizing, arbitrarily arresting and slaughtering the people of Haiti who demonstrate or, are seen as supporters of Lavalas. That's what the Feb. 7, 2006 vote means. Let
there be no doubt about this whatsoever.
Aristide's base, even today, is still a solid 60% of the country. Anyone who polled, talked to or want to know the thoughts of the people of Haiti, would KNOW that. HLLN challenges those who disagree to go to Haiti and simply ask around.
On top of this 60% that still talks about Aristide and who would never have voted another way but for someone they see as close to Aristide as you could get, there’s another 15% to 20% of Haitian folks, who, had a problem with Aristide, like even for instance, those who participated in the GNBis demonstrations against Aristide, but who now also make up part of Rene Preval’s base.
It is this group plus Aristide’s base that has brought this people’s victory to Haiti.
Let’s not make a mistake about this and allow the coup d’etat folks and un-informed mainstream press to be talking about how the people of Haiti rejected Lavalas, the Lavalas Movement or President Aristide by electing Rene Preval.
ng President Preval winner was not only the right thing to do, but it was the LEGAL thing to do.
But just because, for once, the illegal authorities did the right thing, mostly to stop the bright media lights they were facing from digging deeper, mostly to save face, let's not get carried away and bestow credibility or even people power and sanction upon either the CEP officials, or the political parties coming in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th....in these elections. The poor showings of these political parties and candidates (Manigat, Baker, Guy Phillip, et al), or non-votes for them are vote against them as leaders in Haiti by the people of Haiti. It is an expression of the people's will and that expression should not be minimized now that the CEP has, for once, done the right thing in light of the massive proof of fraud that were made public.
The CEP was pressured into stopping its own fraud, stopping group 184 fraud, stopping the Haiti Democracy Project fraud. It choose
one way out by apportioning the blank votes to save face. This should not, in any way, minimize the people’s victory over these fascists’ forces, only confirm it.
The international community, the OAS, the interim government and their employees, through UN troops, had control of the ballots and tally sheets.
There are questions as to the level of complicity of said internationals in this attempted fraud, like those that were burnt at Truitier. If, Preval had not been declared President, could these folks have withstand a fair investigation into their roles in the attempt to swing the elections to the coup d'etat contingent.
This is not to say there is not a section within MINUSTHA that backs up the people of Haiti, which has since the beginning of this Coup D’etat fought determinedly to actually be “peacekeepers” and not Group 184 and Haiti Democracy Project henchmen. HLLN makes clear, not all of MINUSTHA are doing the dirty deed of IRI, HDP and Group 184 in Haiti. There are two schools
within the UN contingent in Haiti, the problem has been the rogue elements have had great backing and from powerful elements within the governments of France, US, Canada and their allies.
Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Founder and Chair, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Feb. 16, 2006
HLLN Report on Haitian Election Laws, Feb. 14, 2006 - the CEP is no authority to COUNT or EXAMINE ballots, this is left to the polling stations. Go to:
https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilid ... 00012.html
The Smoking Gun - Photos of STOLEN ballots found in garbage dump in Haiti | Brazil backs Preval as victor in elections | Smashed ballot boxes found in Haiti, et al https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilid ... 00014.html
Fraud anticipated in order to compel a second round : Sham Elections followed by What, Politique De Doublure? by Marguerite Laurent for Haitian Perspectives, Feb. 7, 2006
Let them save face, let us continue to struggle for justice: The CEP Tabulations were a farce in the first place by Ezili Danto
http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewt ... 4142#14142
Thousands of ballots and election count reports whose origin is unknown arrived Wednesday evening at the vote tabulation center of the CEP
Port-au-Prince, February 15, 2006 (AHP)- Thousands of signed election tally reports and ballots for the presidential and legislative elections of February 7, 2006 were delivered Wednesday afternoon to the Vote Tabulation Center of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in northern Port-au-Prince.
These ballots, which were filmed inside the tabulation center by the Haitian television station, Channel 11, came notably from polling centers that were operating at the Sainte Trinité School, the Carrefour-Feuilles High School, and in the 3rd communal section of Abri
cots in the Southwest of the country.
According to a variety of accounts, these documents have been kept for nine days in a secret location while the executive director of the CEP had affirmed that all of the signed election tally reports (procès-verbaux) had been received by the CEP.
These ballots and polling center tally reports arrived at the Tabulation Center amidst a scene of great disorder, as there was no member of the CEP to receive them, and most of them had disappeared from view.
Only a few lower ranking officials were present.
"This is yet another trick", said a source close to the Tabulation Center, confiding to AHP that "Everyone is going to be very worried here from now on because reports suggest that it was a senior manager of the Tabulation Center (a woman) who may have given the order to throw out thousands of ballots and signed election tally reports (a majority of which were marked for Préval) which were discovered in the Truittier distr
ict of northern Port-au-Prince.
For many, "this scandal has confirmed the existence of a vast plan to hijack the vote of the majority".
More than 100,000 people demonstrated this Wednesday in front of the National Palace and all along the Champ-de-Mars calling for respect for the vote of February 7, 2006.
Displaying posters of the presidential candidate of the Espoir Platform, René Garcia Préval, as well as posters of ballot boxes containing ballots found at a public garbage dump at Thuitier, the demonstrators chanted slogans hostile to the senior officials of the Provisional Electoral Council, whom they blamed for this confused situation.
At the same time, the Brazilian government, whose troops are leading the UN force in Haiti, indicated Wednesday that there is no reason to organize a second round in the presidential elections and that the decision of the majority must be respected.
For its part, the UN Security Council appealed to the different sectors to
respect the commitment they have made to democracy.
AHP February 15, 2006, 7:30 PM