PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Presidential Candidate Steven Benoit implicated Hans Tippenhauer, his political party’s leader, in the electoral fraud benefiting Jovenel Moise and PHTK on October 25, 2015.
Senator Benoit said his party, Konviksyon, had 6,000 mandates for election observation of the 13,700 accreditation known as mandat it received from the provisional electoral council. The mandates were being sold to the highest bidder and that was the Martelly regime’s, Parti Haitien Tèt Kale (PHTK).
Mandates are valuable. They allow a person, a mandateur, affiliated with a party to observe the process at a voting center and participate in the verbal process immediately after polls are closed. Mandateurs are allowed to vote at the voting center regardless if they are on the voter roll.
Tèt Kale (TK), which includes Bouclier, Ayiti An Aksyon (AAA) and Konvansyon Demokratik (KID) distributed the mandates to interim agents.
When the mandates of the elected local governments around Haiti ended, Martelly created interim agents. All elected seats were now being held by these hand-picked mayors and town commissioners or non existent.
The interim agents get runners, individuals willing to vote for money. The runners are given pre-filled ballots for PHTK. When they return with a blank one, they are given 1,000 HTG ($20). Runners can vote as many times as there are mandates, and at any location.