PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Despite intense pressure from the U.S. State Department against it, Haitians established an election verification commission on Thursday to review the results of a widely violent and massively fraudulent electoral process brought to a halt by the population.
Over the past week, State Department diplomats had bypassed Haiti’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other appropriate institutions to make direct, personal visits into the Haitian Peoples’ House, the Parliament. The pressure put on Haiti’s Senators and Deputies to force the acceptance of results an overwhelming number of Haitians consider fraudulent did not succeed.
It was remnants of the Hillary Clinton State Department, including the department’s Special Coordinator and former Ambassador under Clinton, Kenneth Merten, and the current U.S. Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean, who visited the upper and lower chambers of Haiti’s legislature in vain. The diplomats had hoped to repeat the kind of undemocratic interferences Clinton was able to undertake in Honduras in 2009, Haiti in 2011 and other nations, but under a less-personally-engaged Secretary Kerry, could not.
Mobilizations by the Haitian population demanding a verification of the vote were too great for the back-room deals of the former Clinton State Department to succeed. Despite the State Department’s success in dividing the Parliament on the issue, the Provisional Administration of Jocelerme Privert had to ignore the U.S.’s anti position and with the publishing of a decree and installation of the members, swore in the Haiti Election Verification Commission.
“The commission is indispensable to assure the credibility of the electoral process,” President Jocelerme Privert said during a ceremony at the National Palace.
The Verification Commission will have 30 days to review the August 9, 2015 legislative elections which were marred by wide-spread violence and ballot-box stuffing. It will also review the October 25, 2015, presidential, second-round legislative, and local elections, which, according to an earlier commission, consisted of 92% of tally sheets being fraudulent.
After light has been shed on fraud and sanctions taken against candidates and “elected” members responsible, President Privert said he envisions elections being held in late October 2016, along with another third of the Senate that is due to end its mandate in 2017.
The Haiti Election Verification Commission members are Francois Benoit, Gedeon Jean, McDonald Jean, Michel Eric Gaillard and Pierre Wilfred Sanon.