Haiti: a coup is in process, four candidates claim victory

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By: Wálmaro Paz / Source: ALBA NOTICIAS / The Dawn / October 30, 2015

 

Polls in Haiti
Polls in Haiti

 

Port au Prince, Haiti – Despite the apparent calm of the elections on Sunday (25), the electoral coup denounced by the Via Campesina leader Chavannes Jean Baptiste, was already in full swing since the first round of the parliamentary elections on August 9th, when the ruling party secured a majority in the Haitian parliament.

The first complaint, made by Camille Chalmers, was about the attempts to induce votes, by displaying striking colors in the ballots of the five candidates accepted by the international community. However, several other fraud attempts, such as replacing the polls, have been reported to the Provisional Electoral Council (PEC) —accomplices of the government—, who promised to take them into account.

In addition, taking advantage of the existence of fraud, four candidates have called press conferences, announcing their victory in the first round. Marise Narcysse —for Fanmi Lavallas—, Jude Celestin —of the LAPEH platform—, Moise Jean Charles —for Petit Dessalines— and Steven Benoit —of the Konviksyon party. In fact, they were the four favorites to pass to the second round with the government candidate Jovenel Moise (PHTK).

The participation of the population, that the OAS had predicted would reach 40%, was not like expected. According to figures published by the PEC, only 25 percent of voters went to the polls.

In the North, until Tuesday, there were demonstrations in support of the alleged victory of Jean Charles Moise. In the capital, Jude Celestin asked to ‘respect the will of the people’ and the Fanmi Lavallas group announced the victory of Marise Narcyse.

According to local analysts, before the counting of votes is completed, there will be a meeting between the four groups and the international community for negotiations. It is to share the spoils of the Haitian State, since none of the candidates has proposed changes, besides generic slogans.

This is a claim that Professor Camille Chalmers has been making, accompanied by the peasant leader Chavannes Jean Baptiste. The Haitian people know that taking part of the State or the negotiations in Haiti is a business. Therefore they are disillusioned with the “representative democracy”.

In a country where 65% of the population lives under the poverty line, despite producing 65% of food consumed, the government offers a great possibility of employment, as some foreign NGOs that live thanks to the design of projects whose main objective is to retain their members.

According to Chavannes, the organization of rural population to generate wealth and empowerment of the State are the most important steps to be taken: “for the future history of the country, and this must be done promptly”. The crisis must be resolved through negotiations, as happened in 2010 under the strong influence of the US Embassy.

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