The 1 Problem with Haiti’s 2015 Elections


When the calls for a transitional government in Haiti reached a fever pitch in early October 2015, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed into the country to stand in Port-au-Prince and say the United States would not support a transitional government.

It was through the Obama administration’s support that Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, had failed to organize elections for four years. This is not to say it was the White House’s idea, it is just to say that it was in lock step with the National Palace.

As a result, on January 12, 2015, the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake of 2010, the entire 99-member Chamber of Deputies in Haiti ended its mandate becoming inexistent. A functioning quorum of the Senate had become inexistent. The legislature became inexistent.

Days before the January 12, 2015, political earthquake, on January 7, the judiciary lost its Chief Justice, Anel Alexis Joseph, for having been influenced by the Martelly administration on matters of justice.

On December 24, 2015, Martelly instituted Evans Paul, as prime minister of Haiti, after Paul led a commission to remove the previous prime minister Laurent Lamothe. Today, Evans Paul only hold the title of prime minister with de facto status.

On December 2013, the Director General of the Haitian National Police (PNH), Godson Orelus, showed his political loyal to the PHTK political party by wearing a pink shirt at a rally. Rather than becoming provisional, his mandate of three years as director general was illegally renewed on October 5, 2015 by executive decree.

Today and since January 2012, every local government official, mayor or commission member, are called Interim Agents and are hand-picked by President Michel Martelly.

When all this collapsed, it required the U.S. Ambassador, the entire Core Group, United Nations peacekeeping force, the European Union and the United Nations Security Council, to affirm President Michel Martelly’s legitimacy to continue to rule in Haiti, with no check, no balance.

Kerry says the U.S. would not support ahaitibulletin but Haiti has been in transition since then. And transitional governments should not be participatory in an election.

President Barack Obama, from phoning it in to the Clintons in 2010 and the decision to back a totalitarian regime to organize elections in Haiti, is showing very poor foreign policy acumen that will make Haiti a war zone in the hemisphere.

Backing Michel Martelly and his Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) to organize and participate in elections was dumb. As any transitional government would have had the decency to do, Martelly should have not let himself to be a participant in the election, and neither should have Barry.

As it would happen, the electoral process is broken.

In the lead up to the August 9, 2015 legislative elections, human rights and civil society organization reported the most confirmed cases of violence to be at the behest of the ruling party, PHTK, and its ally parties, Bouclier and AAA. Pierre Esperance reported the numbers at the end of campaigning on August 7, 2015.

On what should have been a sacred election day, the ruling, PHTK, party and its ally, Bouclier, were named, by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), as the top political parties guilty of election violence.

61 US Congressmen and women placed immense pressure on the Core Group in Haiti to ensure that October 25, 2015, not have the violence August 9, 2015 had. It didn’t.

October 25 was a day PHTK, Bouclier, AAA and a fourth in the band, KID, of the de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul, put its effort towards a vast campaign of fraud that was done sloppily. A lot of state money was spent. Many departments and agents were employed and many different schemes were used.

More than half of the electorate of voters were paid agents of PHTK, Bouclier, AAA and KID. They are hoping to past the PHTK candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, as president, but Haitians want the opposition candidate Jean Charles Moïse as president.

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