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Haitians Overwhelmingly Reject Electoral Sham
Monday, 20 April 2009
Imagine holding a national election and virtually no one shows up. Because of clear electoral rigging, Fanmi Lavalas (a populist leftist political party) leaders urged Haitians to support a national boycott. In overwhelming numbers, citizens complied by staying home and not voting. Whoever wins, it will be impossible to call the results legitimate.On April 19, sham elections were held to fill 12 open seats in the 30-member Haitian Senate, but most Haitians refused to go along.
Earlier in February on procedural grounds, Haiti's Provisional Election Council (CEP) disqualified Fanmi Lavalas (FL) candidates from participating, the party most Haitians support.
Mass outrage and apprehension showed up in Priorities Project (HPP) pre-election polls with only 5% of eligible voters stating an intention to participate.
HPP's Jacob Francois told Inter Press Service (IPS):
Francois added: "They just do not learn. They can't exclude a major party," and do it on a first time ever procedural technicality, "that's total exclusion. It will undermine the entire process. In addition, the CEP has no business (interfering with) the internal affairs of Lavalas," or taking orders from Washington to do it.
Secretary General of the Organisation of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, said in a press release:
In a pre-election radio interview, one Haitian activist said:
Meanwhile, the Haiti Information Project (HIP) reported at 3:00PM on April 19 that "today's senatorial elections (are) a total failure." Port-au-Prince polling stations "had more election workers and police than actual voters." Normally busy city streets were "virtually deserted. A rough exit sampling from journalists (on the ground) shows that voter turnout may be as low as 3%."
Astonishing. Imagine holding a national election and virtually no one shows up. Because of clear electoral rigging, FL leaders urged Haitians to support a national boycott. In overwhelming numbers, they complied by staying home and not voting. Whoever wins, it will be impossible to call the results legitimate.
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