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Haiti: 2015 Elections do-over, audit recommends

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – An independent verification commission determined, on Monday, that the 2015 elections was entirely fraudulent. The findings gave credence to the claims of an overwhelming number of Haitians who called the contests an “electoral coup d’etat” and left embarrassed the United States, France and Canada, who paid and led the effort to coerce the results in Haiti.

Results of the Independent Electoral Evaluation and Verification Commission (CIEVE)

The five-member commission presented its 105-page report to Provisional President Jocelerme Privert at the National Palace in the afternoon of May 30, 2016. Ultimately, the commission determined that the presidential elections of October 25, 2015, could not be salvaged, in the least, and that the process, funded in part by $36 million from U.S. taxpayers, must “recommence at zero”.

The Independent Electoral Evaluation and Verification Commission (CIEVE) audited 25% of the more than 13,000 tally sheets (pwosevebals) from each of the polling stations across the country. It found that “zombie votes” vastly outnumbered legitimate votes. Francois Benoit, who headed the commission, used the to term zombie to describe votes counted from literally dead persons, nonexistent persons, or persons who cannot be proven to have actually voted.

The nature of the findings and recommendations of the commission have wide-ranging implications that Haitians are just beginning to discuss.

The legislative and local elections that were also undertaken at these same voting centers are tied to the same tally sheets and electoral rolls as the presidential contest that was audited. In effect, more than a hundred lawmakers sworn in, outside of the law, to be the 50th Legislature, have been proven illegitimate, as well as, nearly one hundred mayors and local commissioners.

There is also the role that was played by the international community, its observers and the totalitarian regime of former President Michel Martelly, who was propped by the former and benefited from the most electoral victories. While Haitian human rights, local observing bodies and other political parties decried a massively fraudulent election, observers from the European Union, United Nations, and Ambassadors of the United States, France, Canada, and allies, had repeatedly in the press declared no evidence of massive fraud.

Last but not least, Haitians will find it difficult to move forward due to the actions of the aforementioned international community and totalitarian regime. The current legislature hasn’t the necessary legitimacy to withstand the various opposing interests in resolving the crisis. The provisional administration of Privert will face the same as it stands on no real foundation. And elections will have to start from the most base of stages.

Haiti has gone back to the late 1980s and will have to reconstitute itself as democracy as it did following the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship.

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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.