India: It’s people’s right to boycott elections: Maoist leader


It's people's right to boycott elections: Maoist leader
CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya special zonal committee secretary Ramanna speaks on the party’s stand on the Chhattisgarh assembly elections.
CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya special zonal committee secretary Ramanna speaks on the party’s stand on the Chhattisgarh assembly elections and justifies the May 25 attack on Congress leaders that killed Mahendra Karma and V C Shukla among others.

Q: Why have you appealed for election boycott? A: As usual, we have appealed to people to boycott the elections because they are a farce. Elections only renew five-year tenures of loot and torture by the elected representative in the present system. Our target is to change this system from the root and establish a people-centric society and that is not possible through elections.

Q: Will the poll boycott be violent this time too? A: This does not depend on our saying anything. Like always, this time too, the government has deployed a huge a number of security forces in the name of conducting free and fair elections, which are already exploiting and torturing people. Attacks on villages in the name of search operations, arrests, beating up people, fake encounters are consistently on. It is important to resist such acts. Therefore, I can only say that when the government tries to defuse our poll-boycott movement through crackdown on the people, then there will certainly be a counter to it. Continue reading


A child in Haiti walks among the election ballots still lying on the ground at a voting station in Port-au-Prince, Nov. 29. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

by Charlie Hinton

Haiti held its $30,000,000 fraudulent demonstration election on November 28, but we still don’t know if or when a run-off will take place, or who will be the candidates. It’s such a mess that Haiti’s international rulers are sending in a commission to try one last time to give a whiff of legitimacy to a totally illegitimate and corrupt process.

The day after a visit by U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Haiti’s Electoral Council ruled that for the 2009 Senatorial elections, Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti’s largest and most popular party, founded by twice overthrown and currently exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, could not run candidates. This decision led to an electoral boycott that saw fewer than 10% vote in the first round, and far fewer in the run-off. Nevertheless, President Preval and the “international community,” (the United States, France, and Canada, with the United Nations acting as surrogate) recognized the results.

In these 2010 presidential elections, the Electoral Council, without giving any explanation, ruled that neither Fanmi Lavalas nor more than a dozen other parties could participate. Preval was reported to have said it would take only 4% of the vote to win, indicating that the suppression of voter turnout might be a campaign tactic. Although Preval has ties to many of the candidates, he favors Jude Celestin, who according to differing reports, is either engaged or married to Preval’s daughter. Continue reading