WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – In Haiti, President Michel Martelly has had the most money at his disposal, more than any other Haitian Head of State in the 212-year history of the country. Due to the PetroCaribe agreement and other policies established by his predecessor, he has spent well over $3 billion over the course of his term. So when U.S. President Barack Obama decided to fork over $30 million of U.S. taxpayer money for Haiti’s elections, this was money that Haiti needed, and more so, not for this purpose.
It is only by continuing to pass Haiti as “basketcase”, as the editorial board at the Washington Post put it, and by taking advantage of ignorance, conjuring feelings of bigotry, prejudices and racism, that such indecency can seem the least bit plausible. It is only by making Haiti seem like small potatoes, although it is home to the fourth largest U.S. Embassy in the world, that such indecency is hoped to be made plausible. But the American people, who have freedom, democracy, justice and individualism as their core beliefs, know, on its face, this is not right. Not here or anywhere else in the world.
Haiti did not need the United States to pay $30 million to organize its elections. It was indecent. Considering more of the facts, it was an act of bribery. Haitian officials, collaborators, were paid to undertake and make acceptable an electoral process that silenced the voice of the people. Through violence on August 9, 2015 and fraud on October 25, 2015, a presidential commission found that 92% of the more than 13,000 tally sheets which make up the elections, were found consisting of “serious irregularities”.
“Serious irregularities” that, by the written law, warrant their disqualification from the count. “Serious irregularities” that the commission said is likely due to a massive and wide-ranging electoral fraud operation. “Serious irregularities” that were recommended to be further investigated in order to determine the culprits of the fraud. “Serious irregularities” that the Obama administration has since stopped from further being investigated, and stopped from being stricken from the final count and are therefore included in the election results.
“Haiti Deserves a Legitimate Election”, The New York Times Editorial Board wrote on December 12, 2015, as the U.S. funded electoral process in Haiti continued on its path towards bloody revolution. Not criticizing President Obama by name, but still stepping out to state its position on the matter, The Times Board wrote, “the United States should know that it’s impossible to build a legitimate government on a rotten foundation.”
President Obama’s colossal failures in foreign policy are his own but are based on the foundation set by his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Despite the immeasurable losses and consequences that his decisions have caused throughout the world and for decades to come, no where, but in Haiti, does the true vile nature of the Bill and Hillary Clinton nexus of power, self-interest, conflicting interest, corruption, kickbacks, violations of ethics, violations of accords on diplomatic relations, malfeasance and a plethora of others, are evident.
The Road here
On January 12, 2015, exactly five years after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, flew into Haiti to legitimize Michel Martelly as ruler of the current totalitarian regime. In five years Haiti had gone from a democracy of over 5,000 elected officials, local, legislative, and president, to a dictatorship of one. This was planned.
Firstly, Michel Martelly was not elected president of Haiti but was propped up by the Obama administration in such away that should warrant a review and removal of his prematurely awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
On two occasions prior to the 2010 elections, Martelly, formerly a raunchy musician of Haitian Kompa, made it clear he did not believe in democracy and wanted to establish himself a president-for-life in Haiti.
In 1994, in an interview with the Miami News Times, it was written:
“…Martelly is not afraid to reveal that he has given serious thought to his philosophy of government. “First thing, after I establish my power, which would be very strong and necessary, I would close that congress thing. La chambre des deputes. Le senat.” He claps his hands. “Out of my way.” For the first year he would outlaw all strikes and demonstrations.”
Martelly, again in a video interview in July of 2010, made the same declarations as a candidate before the elections on November 24 of that year. His position on this matter piqued the interest of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who did everything, in and out of her power, to ensure he would be made president.
The United States Agency of International Development (USAID) would pay $100,000 to a purely political organization called Mouvement Tet Kale. When election results were revealed on December 7, 2010, and Martelly was placed fourth, MTK held violent riots in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes, where vehicles and buildings, including the headquarters of opposing political parties.
Hillary Clinton would leave the brewing Arab Spring revolutions of early 2011 to travel, in-person, to Haiti where decisions towards changing the election results in favor of Martelly were made. Her presence in Haiti, mid-election, even violated what the Obama White House, itself, used as reasoning to not meet with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in January 2015. Reuters wrote:
Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama was withholding an invitation for Oval Office talks with Netanyahu because of Israel’s March 17 elections.
“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country,” Meehan said in statement.
Clinton seemed to miss the memo on this “long-standing practice and principle.”
The current President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Pierre Louis Opont, would confirm allegations of a switch five years later, on July 3, 2015. He said on two radio stations that as director general of that 2010 CEP, it was Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, and then-U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten, who changed election results.
Since Martelly’s placement at the head of the Haitian State, the sympathizer of the Francois and Jean-Claude Duvalier dictatorship (1957-1986) has withheld the possibility for elections in order to end the mandates of all other elected officials and establish his rule. He has had the steadfast support of the Obama administration in doing so.
Even as tens of thousands protested for elections in 2011, Martelly organized carnivals, took expensive foreign trips, rubbing elbows with U.S. and U.N. diplomats. When 16 senators met with Martelly in December of that year to impress on him the need for elections, he responded to them saying, “I will not move to organize elections until I have established my total control on every institution of the State.”
As every local government official – mayors, commissioners, et al – saw the end of their mandates in January of 2012, Martelly’s National Palace began to hand-pick every local government official, persons loyal to his regime, or he would leave that local seat vacant. This is the case of Haiti today.
As tens of thousands continued to protest through 2012 for elections, a third of the thirty-member Haitian Senate would lose their mandates on May 8 of that year. Six days later, May 14, U.S. Ambassador Pamela White would be seen seated next to Michel Martelly as he held his second of four carnivals for that year, this one celebrating his anniversary as president.
The numbers of protesters continued to rise. Without a full Senate, Martelly ministers engaged in all manners of corruption and violations of human rights, and were unable to be checked by a Parliament barely able to make quorum, and incapable of reaching a 2/3s vote, what is needed to exact its control on the Executive branch. And still, the Obama administration was more than supportive.
2013 there would be no elections. Protests continued and the Obama administration took all necessary political and military measures – through the United Nations peacekeeping force – to ensure Haitians did not stop the systematic destruction of their democracy.
2014 would come and pass and it would be the same story. Finally, on January 2015, a second third of the Senate and the entire 99-member Chamber of Deputies – the lower house of the Haitian Legislature – would lose its mandate. Martelly and the Obama administration had their totalitarian regime.
Now, after five years, and the establishment of a totalitarian regime, the Obama administration and the Martelly regime have as their “pressing” goal elections. But it is only a mascarade of an election that is taking place in Haiti. One that is set to bring in the most corrupt and criminal-laden legislature in the history of the country, and an illegitimate, unknown, president.
The 2015 Obama-Clinton Elections
Before any votes were cast, a number of candidates vying for different political office were eliminated for nothing more than political reasons.
Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and dozens of former ministers who have served Haiti over the past decade were disqualified for not having obtained a certificate that could only have been awarded by a sitting Parliament.
Although precedent dictated that the Head of State should allow the clearance for the participation of former ministers under such circumstances, Michel Martelly said blatantly, in an interview with Le Nouvelliste, that he made the political decision to not have these persons, namely, Lamothe, participate in the elections.
The Martelly National Palace then would orchestrate the illegal disqualification of Jacky Lumarque, a university professor and serious competitor, by leaking communications it had with the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA) on social media. Pierre Louis Opont wasted no time in disqualifying Lumarque, even after two election tribunals said he was fit for competition. Even after the CSC/CA said clearly in an interview with Le Nouvelliste that Lumarque was not subject to the requirement he was disqualified for.
August 9, 2015 – First Round Legislative Elections
On August 8, 2015, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) publish its report on the legislative campaign season which last one month. It reported that Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), the political party of Michel Martelly, and Bouclier, an ally party of Martelly, were responsible for the most violence reported throughout the campaign trail.
The violence continued on election day. August 9, 2015 was the scene of violence that was rampant at nearly all voting centers throughout the country. Election observers accredited to other political parties were violently barred from entering. Persons working for the regime rushed polling stations, stuffed ballot boxes, shot guns in the streets and intimidated voters throughout the day.
The Provisional Electoral Council itself would report the ruling political party, PHTK, and its ally party, Bouclier, as being responsible for the most cases of violence across all 10 departments in Haiti. While the Electoral Decree requires the disqualification of these parties, no action was taken. Furthermore, the results of those votes were never investigated.
The most credible member of the CEP, Nehemie Joseph, would resign a two months later citing to continue to be a part of the body would be to “continue in illegality”. He wrote in his resignation “it is for the respect of the vote of every Haitian” that he made his decision.
Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to Haiti days later due to the calls by many Haitians for nullification of the vote. Kerry met with the totalitarian regime and no one else, neither from the opposition, neutral groups, or civil society organizations. He declared the elections must go on.
October 25, 2015 – First Round Presidential and Local, Second Round Legislative Elections
The campaign leading up to election day October 25, 2015, had very few cases of violence, rather electoral fraud on a massive scale would rule the day.
The CEP of Pierre Louis Opont is believe complicit in this by firstly, putting nearly 1 million election observer acreditations on the street, more than 2/3s the count of voters who actually voted that day. Also, and strangely, he would announce that the observers were not allowed to wear t-shirts or other markings that would signify them as observers. This made way for a massive electoral fraud operation.
The results are, 92% of tally sheets consist of “serious irregularities” of a massively fraudulent nature. 30% of votes counted did not include a vote identification number. 47% of the votes that did have a number, had a false number. The remaining did not have signatures, or a fingerprint, meaning these could be votes from persons who have died, likely in the 2010 earthquake according to allegations.
Obama Calls the Play
Days before the presidential investigating commission would make its report, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter F. Mulrean, declared that there was no fraud in Haiti’s elections. A day after his declaration, and still before the commission’s report, the U.S. State Department Coordinator, Kenneth Merten, said the Obama administration expected the results, before the discovery of the fraud, to be maintained, basically keeping the ruling party candidate in the elections.
Haiti is headed towards revolution. The Nobel Peace Prize, long said to have been prematurely awarded to Barack Hussein Obama, should be reviewed and removed from him.