- Haiti's November 28 elections were irremediably fraudulent,
farcical and outrageous. The entire process was rigged. New elections,
including all excluded parties, are essential, but not planned. Instead,
so-called independent OAS experts began recounting verification to legitimize
fraud. According to Albert Ramdin, Assistant OAS Secretary General:
- Recounting will be secretive behind closed doors. No
public statement will be made until final results are announced, likely
early in January. Team members will "look at all systems and then....agree
on how (to) proceed" instead of trashing junk tally sheets and starting
- Originally scheduled for January 16, second electoral
round voting will be delayed until initial totals are recounted and verified,
no matter how fraudulent, ludicrous, and worthless.
- The New York Times Endorses Fraud
- An earlier article discussed a November 30 New York Times
editorial endorsing Haiti's coup d'etat sham, accessed through the following
- Brazenly ignoring illegitimacy, it said "Re-running
elections this large (for president and legislative members) would lead
to months more confusion and government inaction. Unless compelling evidence
of fraud is found, it is not necessary and clearly not in Haiti's interests."
- On December 30, a new Times editorial titled "Haiti's
Vote" endorsed OAS recounting, not to determine fraud, but to "clear
up the uncertainty over who won second place and will go on to a January
runoff." Once again The Times said:
- "The answer is not a full, new election. That would
be hugely complicated and costly. Haiti and the OAS have the right approach
with their agreement to let the outside specialists into the national tabulation
center to examine everything: tally sheets, voter rolls, written reports
about irregularities and incidents on Election Day....so Haitians see that
their democracy is lawful, transparent and trustworthy."
- In February 2004, Haitians, of course, lost democracy
after US Marines forcibly ousted Aristide. Under Washington's iron heel,
they've been denied it since, the November 28 sham the latest example of
coup d'etat authority substituting for constitutional legitimacy. Allowing
recounted fraud institutionalizes it, putting fair and open elections further
out of reach. According to Times-think, Haitians don't deserve democracy,
what they've been denied except under Aristide.
- After his 2004 removal, a Times editorial lied, saying:
- -- he resigned;
- -- sending in Marines "was the right thing to do;"
- -- they only arrived after "Mr. Aristide yielded
- -- he was to blame for "contribut(ing) significantly
to his own downfall (because of his) increasingly autocratic and lawless
- -- he manipulated the 2000 elections and didn't "deliver
the democracy he promised."
- In fact, in 1990, he won overwhelmingly with 67% of the
vote, was ousted by a US-sponsored coup eight months later, returned to
Haiti in 1994, couldn't succeed himself in 1996, but ran in 2000, again
winning an overwhelming endorsement with a 92% majority, a total he'd easily
match today if able to run. Though he no longer has electoral aspirations,
Washington won't let him return, enforcing no-democracy for Haitians, the
same domestic policy for Americans under institutionalized duopoly rule.
- Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Electoral
- On December 30, CEPR released its analysis showing "massive
irregularities and errors in the tally." According to Co-Director
- "With so many irregularities, errors, and fraudulent
vote totals, it is impossible to say what the results of this election
really are." It's clear a new election is crucial, a legitimate one
that Haitians are denied. "If the (OAS) certifies this election, this
would be a political decision, having nothing to do with election monitoring.
They would lose all credibility as a neutral election-monitoring organization."
- OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin said "Nearly
4% of polling place tally sheets used to calculate the results were thrown
out for alleged fraud at the tabulation center."
- CEPR's analysis found that Haiti's Provisional Electoral
Council (CEP) never received or quarantined 11.9% (1,324) of tally sheets
because of irregularities. They amounted to 15% of the total votes counted.
Moreover, another 6.4% of tally sheets had irregularities. They "contained
vote counts that were so far outside the distribution of votes that they
would not be considered valid."
- Combined with the uncounted 11.9%, they exceed 18% of
tally sheets or 22% of votes counted, in fact, invalidated. Widespread
clerical errors were also found, including 5.4% of tally sheets with obviously
- "It is clear that with so many mistakes in recorded
totals in the tally sheets, there would have to be errors in the candidate
vote counts in addition to those that CEPR detected."
- Moreover, turnout was very low, an estimated 22.3% compared
to 59.3% in 2006, the last presidential election. Excluding 15 political
parties, including by far the most popular, Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas, largely
explained why. Also important was the number of internally displaced people
(IDPs), made homeless by Haiti's earthquake, and in many cases willfully
disenfranchised. In Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Delmas and Petionville (with
20% of registered voters), average participation was 12.4% ("11.25
percent," excluding irregular tally sheets).
- Weisbrot asserts that:
- "This election was of questionable legitimacy to
begin with because the electoral authorities banned over a dozen political
parties, including the country's most popular (one). But with this massive
level of irregularity, fraud, and disenfranchisement, it can hardly be
- Clearly, it fails the smell test, an aroma New York Times
editorials don't detect. Instead, they endorse coup d'etat illegitimacy,
their usual support for wealth and privilege over popular interests like
democracy. Americans are denied it like Haitians.
- A Final Comment
- On December 31, Al Jazeera headlined "Haiti's cholera
deaths increase," saying:
- "Latest (way-understated) official figures show
more people dying (over) two months after the deadly cholera outbreak hit
the country." Daily the toll rises, official totals citing 3,333 deaths
since mid-October. One or more other assessments quadruple that total,
and estimate hundreds of thousands are sub-clinically infected.
- Official infection figures number 150,000, but true totals
are likely four times that amount, perhaps heading toward or surpassing
one million or over 10% of the population. On June 28, 2010, the US Census
Bureau estimated Haiti's population at 9.6 million and America's at over
310 million. Thus, a comparable US infection rate would be over 31 million,
an epidemic of biblical proportions.
- In contrast, major media sources ignore Haiti's crisis,
a nation out of sight and mind to US news consumers the way other important
issues are sanitized, distorted or suppressed. It leaves Americans the
most over-entertained, under-informed people anywhere, even about their
- As for Haitians, centuries of injustice continue, compounded
by electoral fraud, raging cholera, deep poverty, appalling deprivation,
starvation, and exposure for 1.5 million IDPs made homeless by January's
- Ricardo Seitenfus, author of "Haiti: Sovereignty
of the Dictators," was Special (OAS Haiti) Representative of the Secretary
General until fired in late December for speaking truth. In an interview
with the Swiss journal "Le Temps," he gave an incisively frank
assessment of conditions on the ground in response to questions posed.
- He explained that UN Blue Helmets "transform(ed)
the Haitians into prisoners on their own island." That for over two
centuries, "foreign troops....alternated with dictators....Haiti's
original sin (was) liberation" in 1804. Washington denied recognition
until 1865, fearing its own slave population would demand freedom and citizenship
like Haitians and other Americans. For its part, France demanded ransom
paid for liberation. "Right from the beginning, independence was compromised
and the country's development was road-blocked."
- Nothing thereafter was solved. Today it's worse with
Haiti turned "into a capitalist country, an export platform for the
American market, it is absurd" and deeply exploitive. "More than
90% of the education and health systems are in private hands. The country
has no public resources for the functioning of an official system even
in a minimal fashion....When the unemployment (underemployment) rate is
at 80%, deploying a stabilizing mission is intolerable. There is nothing
to stabilize....Its mandate in Haiti is to keep peace of the cemetery."
- Predatory NGOs make it worse, exploiting vulnerable Haitians
for profit. "There is an evil or perverse relationship between the
NGOs' strength and the Haitian State's weakness. Some NGOs exists only
because of the Haitian misfortune," yet do little to relieve it. A
few other comments included:
- -- it's "unacceptable from the moral point of view
to (use) Haiti as a laboratory;"
- -- "Haiti is ground zero of humanity's tragedy and
the failings of its international solidarity;"
- -- its November 28 elections were disastrous, a sham,
by "any measure....a violation of the democratic will of the Haitian
- -- "Two hundred years ago, Haiti illuminated the
history of mankind and of human rights. Now it is necessary that we give
the Haitians a chance to confirm their vision."
- Sadly, Washington's iron fist denies it; using Haiti
as a colony for profit; its people easy prey to exploit; its history,
cultural traditions, and creativeness kept out of sight and mind. No wonder
Seitenfus said America and European countries are "colonialist, racist,
and a world of slavery that based (their) richness on the exploitation
of third world countries." No wonder saying it got him fired.
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