By Dady Chery
To hear it all, one would think that the Haitian electoral fraud happened yesterday. In fact, the fraud went down many months ago, when a corrupt electoral commission (CEP) with American, Canadian and French financial backing, banned the most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas, from the elections.
- Without exception, all 18 candidates who ran for the presidency were party to the fraud. Should we be sorry that 13 of this gang were double-crossed?
- Yes, the polling places opened late and closed early. Yes, the ballot boxes were stuffed. Yes, the voters who supported Jude Celestin were not marked in ink to prevent multiple votes.
- Yes, hundreds of thousands of potential voters failed to receive their ID cards. Yes, many voters, and even one presidential candidate, were turned away from the polls because their names had been scrubbed from the rolls.
- Yes, MINUSTAH (the U.N.) displayed Celestin’s banners even while supposedly monitoring the election. Then again, the U.N. is monitoring the cholera epidemic that it started. So why shouldn’t we expect more kaka?
For months, Haitians have protested against this farce and paid for it with their lives. Over 80 percent of the potential voters failed to show up at the polls, not for lack of transportation but rather due to their possession of the facts and their native intelligence. Summing it up: if Lavalas cannot participate in the election, then the election is a fraud.
Let us be clear, the people of Haiti are not responding to calls from the gang of crooked candidates. It is the crooked candidates who are attempting to hijack a popular movement. The anti-election protests on Haiti’s streets are not riots, and the people who gather daily to make public their rejection of the fraudulent election are not mobs. What we are seeing is an organized resistance against Washington’s puppet government and the U.N. occupation. The people’s mandate is revolution, and it is permanent.
The following Al.Jazeera video also shows what Haitians really think of the elections.
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