[News] Stand with the People of Haiti for Free and Fair Elections

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Fri Sep 30 11:06:26 EDT 2016


*/Stand with the People of Haiti for Free and Fair Elections/*

*Please read the statement below and mobilize members of your 
organization and networks to phone, fax, tweet and send the message 
below to President Obama, Secretary John Kerry, MINUSTAH, OAS and Caricom: *

1) the people of Haiti have had enough of US/UN-supported fraudulent 
elections;

2) it's time to respect the vote of the Haitian majority as they work to 
rebuild their country;

3) stop US-financing of the terrror campaign by a minority against the 
poor majority who are fighting for democracy in Haiti.

Pres. Obama: 202-456-1111 <tel:202-456-1111> Sec Kerry @John Kerry 
Congress members 202-224 3121 <tel:202-224%203121>
State Dept <haitispecialcoordinator at state.gov 
<mailto:haitispecialcoordinator at state.gov>> Caribbean Community 
<registry at caricom.org <mailto:registry at caricom.org>>UN Mission in Haiti 
<minustah-info at un.org <mailto:minustah-info at un.org>> OAS call 202 380 
5000 <tel:202%20380%205000>/fax 202 458 3967 <tel:202%20458%203967>
*//*

*__**_Haiti Rises! – As the US plots to steal another Haiti election..._*

On a Lavalas campaign sweep throughout Haiti, former President Aristide 
and Dr. Maryse Narcisse, the Fanmi Lavalas presidential candidate, have 
been greeted by huge enthusiastic crowds. There is much concern however, 
that the right-wing is putting in place the usual apparatus of violence, 
denying voters their electoral cards, and instituting sudden changes of 
polling stations to suppress the popular vote, steal ballots and change 
the vote count.

The Haitian people are determined that their votes will be counted in 
the October 9^th election. After the vote, they will mobilize to defend 
their ballot. Our support outside of Haiti is crucial as the corporate 
media will undoubtedly dutifully report the official right-wing 
anti-democratic version as the elections unfold.

The concerns below are being expressed by individuals and grassroots 
organizations regarding Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, known by 
the acronyms KEP in Kreyol or CEP in French. This agency, supposedly in 
charge of organizing free and fair elections, is notorious for being at 
the center of the massive fraud that has marred recent elections in 
Haiti. Of great concern also are the official teams of observers headed 
by the OAS and other international bodies and their local teams that in 
the past have hailed and supported the CEP's fraudulent results as 
legitimate.

1) The electoral council or CEP is headed by a leading figure of the 
2004 kidnapping coup d'etat, Leopold Berlanger.

2) The main coup leader/sweatshop owner, Andy Apaid, now plays a central 
role as lead consultant in the CEP's tabulation center where the 
official vote counting results are collected and finalized for publication.

3) The CEP under Berlanger's leadership has failed to implement a number 
of recommendations of the Electoral Verification Commission. This 
failure has allowed fraudulent parliamentary results that favored 
Martelly/right wing supporters to stand.

4) Berlanger's CEP is insistent on quarantining all votes from a 
precinct where a candidate obtains 200+ votes out of a total of 550 
ballots per precinct. Under the pretext of preventing fraud, perfectly 
valid ballots are eliminated from the count because a popular candidate 
is receiving “too many” votes. Officials of Fanmi Lavalas have been 
protesting this measure as it arbitrarily discards valid ballots in 
precincts that will have large turnouts in favor of their candidates. 
Quarantined or provisional ballots in Haiti end up not being counted and 
are likely to be destroyed.

5) A leading figure of the 2004 coup d'etat, Rosny Desroches, is in 
charge of the officially designated election observer teams of 1,500 
individuals. According to radio reports, funding for the observer teams 
came through the National Democratic Institute (NDI) working in 
collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral Services 
(IFES). While the International Republican Institute (IRI) does not have 
offices in Haiti, it operates from the Dominican Republic through a 
number of existing organizations in Haiti. [Both NDI and IRI are part of 
the U.S. government’s mis-named National Endowment for Democracy; the 
IRI was implicated in the 2004 coup in Haiti.]

6) It has been reported that the National Organization for the 
Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) is organizing an election observer team 
of 200 people. NOAH has worked closely with the Organization of American 
States (OAS) and the State Department, both of which have been ardent 
supporters of fraudulent elections in Haiti.

7) The OAS is planning to deploy a team of observers. The OAS has been 
thoroughly discredited in Haiti given its recent stand in support of the 
massive fraud orchestrated by the CEP in the 2015 elections.

The OAS’ record of support for fraudulent elections in Haiti includes 
its intrusive role in the 2010-11 elections that resulted in the 
Martelly presidency.

All this means that the U.S. government and its allies will have their 
hands all over how the ballots are counted in this upcoming election.  
As the people of Haiti continue to mobilize for Lavalas, we have to do 
all we can to insure that their voices and their votes are respected. 
One person, one vote.  Tout moun se moun.  Every person counts.

*Thank you for your solidarity. Haiti Action Committee*

www.haitisolidarity.net <http://www.haitisolidarity.net>Haiti Action on 
FacebookTwitter @HaitiAction1

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