Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Haiti struggles to fund elections after Obama cuts assistance

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Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – Haiti has only 6 of the $55 million [USD] it needs to organize elections expected to begin in less than three months.

While Haitians are trying to avoid a third straight manipulation of election results by appearing unphased by the Obama administration’s announcement to not provide election assistance, it became clear Friday that the possibility of elections actually being held is precarious.

Senator Steven Benoit revealed that the 2017 budget only has $6 million allocated for elections. He asked authorities of the administration of Provisional President Jocelerme Privert to explain how they intend to find the outstanding $49 million [USD].

Earlier this month, the Obama administration told Haitian authorities that it would not be providing assistance for elections. A U.S. partner in Haiti, the European Union, also pulled out support.

The decision of the international community to cut assistance came after Haitians audited an earlier election cycle that took place last year and found that the process had been entirely fraudulent or consisting of irregularities as to suggest a massive election fraud operation.

The United States and its cohorts in the country had funded the 2015 elections which took place under the former totalitarian Martelly regime; a regime that was propped up and supported by the former Clinton State Department and is accused of manipulating the vote with systematic widespread violence and massive fraud.

The State Department has made no bones about its opposition to an audit of those previous elections. After Haitians audited it and took actions to rescind the results, the U.S. and other nations announced they would not support the redo elections to begin in October.

6 years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti is being led by illegitimate and provisional officials at all levels. In 2010, the country had more than 5,000 elected officials nationwide. Policies championed by then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, led to the current state of absence in Haiti.

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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.