- Many claims of individuals voting multiple times reported
- Police arrest key members of the ruling party and allies
- The arrested are released without exhasutive questioning
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – With the electoral and institutional apparatus in hand, key members of the ruling party, PHTK and its allies, were arrested for voting or attempting to vote multiple times.
Police did not undertake an exhaustive interrogation of the suspects to see the possible vastness of the electoral fraud operation leaving many to believe Tèt Kale votes to be false and inflated.
Violence, which was mostly accredited to the ruling party, PHTK and its allies on August 9, 2015, was minimal in Sunday’s elections in Haiti but electoral fraud remained high.
Individuals voting multiple times was repeatedly claimed throughout the election day and into Monday morning on Haitian radio stations. Police were said to have made more than 200 arrests for various crimes and violations many for individuals trying to vote more than once.
Most striking was that accusations of multiple voting were aimed at the ruling party, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) of President Michel Martelly, who has control of a totalitarian state, and the electoral apparatus.
It had not yet been 10:00 am when news of notable arrests began coming in from the Haitian National Police (PNH).
In the town of L’Estere, a candidate for deputy and director of the government’s regional customs administration, was arrested for “attempting”, according to the PNH, to vote multiple times. This candidate’s name is Carlo Estard and he is running under the banner of Ayiti An Akyson (AAA), one of four political parties in Tèt Kale (TK).
Police also arrested and held the supervisor of the voting center in L’Estere for questioning for suspicion of complicity.
Another arrest was made of a man who had in his possession 15 electoral/national identification cards. This man, again, was arrested for “attempting” to vote multiple times. He was not a candidate but his affiliation with the Democratic United Convention (KID) was apparent by the party’s cards he had in his possession.
KID is the political party of the de facto Prime Minister, Evans Paul, and is one of the aforementioned political parties in TK.
It is assumed that these arrests and the many others were not exhaustive of the entire election fraud operation of TK. Furthermore, PM Evans Paul, announced at the end of the day of voting that persons arrested for such crimes were summarily released.
The public received no further information than what was originally captured by journalists at the scenes of the arrests. There is no indication that police made an effort to interrogate the suspects, seek out accomplices, or discover the vastness of the electoral fraud.
On Monday morning, former President of the National Assembly, Simon Desras, said that multiple-voting fraud had occurred. He told Bob-C on Radio Television Caraibes that voting centers had published electoral rolls that included persons who died in the 2010 earthquake.
Pierre Esperance of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), who was part of the local election observation community, said the majority of complaints received by observers were claims of persons voting multiple times. Speaking on Vision 2000, he did not then cite for what candidate these claims were made.
By common knowledge and by an internal memo leaked from the campaign of PHTK’s candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, it is known that PHTK, AAA, KID, and Bouclier, make up the TK regime.
The other three TK parties did not run a presidential candidate against the PHTK candidate. Bouclier, though, did have its candidate on the ballot, but also by the leaked memo, and by actions taken a week prior to the vote, announced its support for Jovenel Moïse’s candidacy.
Because these types of actions are being taken by the persons in power and in control of a totalitarian regime and all the Haitian states resources, it casts a major shadow of doubt on the numbers that will be attributed to the Parti Haitien Tet Kale candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse.