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