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Haitians believe polls bogus, Celestin, Jovenel, Khawly atop

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Two polls led the headlines of Haiti’s establishment media on Thursday and Haitians more over believe they are fixed results not reflecting the real tendencies of the Haitian electorate.

Both polls show Jude Celestin leading the race for the presidency. Celestin has not been relevant in Haiti in five years and has the backing of former President Rene Preval and some understanding with President Michel Martelly.

In second place, the BRIDES poll has Jovenel Moïse, an unknown running under the banner of President Michel Martelly’s Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK).

The other poll, by the Royal University of Haiti, has an unknown businessman, Steeve Khawly, in second place, running under the banner of Bouclier, an allied party to Michel Martelly’s PHTK.

The polls are being highly pushed by establishment media such as the 115 year old Le Nouvelliste and Radio Vision 2000 which have close ties with the Provisional Electoral Council of Pierre Louis Opont.

The next elections in Haiti, are a change election, clearly expressed by the days upon days of protests that have spanned the calendars of the past 5 years. Haitians do not believe the proteges of the current and most recent president are the change they want.

A Plot Appears Afoot

In 2010, Jude Celestin was a favored candidate and his entrance into the second round and earned enough votes to go into the second round. Celestin was taken out of the second round, absent of a recount, and replaced by Michel Martelly who eventually became president of Haiti.

Since 2010, Celestin has never spoken out against the injustice against him and has remained silent. He has become irrelevant over time as other political actors have become part of the conversation of Haiti’s future.

Laurent Lamothe, disqualified undemocratically from the elections, is among a group of personalities such as Jean-Charles Moïse, Michel Andre, Newton Saint Juste, which have risen to the forefront of the national discussion.

At the same time, long-time figures such as Steven Benoit, Simon Desras, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, Charles Baker, Jean Henry Ceant, Maryse Narcisse and Samuel Madistin had remained very much in the news cycle with relatively strong support.

Placed in second place of the two polls are unknowns, who have done nothing of any real significance, nationally, in Haiti. These are Jovenel Moïse and Steeve Khawly.

It appears that the polls were released to try to create a tendency that doesn’t exist. It appears that if either of the candidates of Michel Martelly are in the second round with Celestin, taking the victory from Celestin would not be a problem as history has shown.

Further, The Sentinel was tipped a week ago about a pact between Martelly and Celestin.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.


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