Haiti Democracy Project
The Washington-based Haiti Democracy Project’s James Morrell has written: “By the time the commission is through, there will be little left for the voters to do on election day. Most of the choices will already have been made for them.”
Foreign Policy magazine, August 25th, 2015. By Jose R. Cardenas, former acting deputy administrator of the Agency for International Development.
On July 15, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), held a hearing on the run-up to the elections, with the State Department’s point man on Haiti, Thomas Adams. Adams admitted the elections were significantly underfunded. That made his rather sanguine attitude towards the whole process all the more surprising. With the first round of elections scheduled for August 9, he suggested that there is a “fairly good chance” they will go on as scheduled.
Recently three cabinet ministers met with President Martelly, at his beach house. He has been in seclusion there, for the past 6 weeks, as the nation teeters on the verge of melt-down.
Immediate action is required if disaster is to be averted.
Martelly’s frightening response to their entreaties leaves us stunned.
One of the cabinet ministers reports that Martelly showed no interest saying…. “If you want to talk politics see Sophia or Kiko.” It was this pair that created the disaster, in the first place, when they forced Martelly into dumping our successful Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
Immediately, after Lamothe’s departure, his replacement, Evans Paul, cancelled all of the Lamothe projects with the comment… “They are just Hollywood.”
Well, these Hollywood projects were feeding thousands of Haiti’s needy, they were bringing investment to Haiti, they were generating an interest in Haiti, as a tourist destination.
Haiti was “Open for Business.”
Now, all of this is gone.
People are not being fed.
Children are starving.
Security has deteriorated to the point where foreign embassies warn their citizens away from Haiti.
Trying to generate investment now is like attempting the sale of a condo in a building undergoing a 5 alarm fire. Haiti is closed for business!!
All of the Martelly/Lamothe government’s positive factors were washed away, overnight, “like tears in the rain.”
The criminal elections, coordinated by the criminal Opont, was the final straw.
Meanwhile, Evans Paul, and Education Minister Nesmy Manigat are stealing everything that’s not tied down.
Time to reassess the situation.
Time for Opont to resign/be arrested with a new CEP created to replace the graft-ridden one that now exists.
Annul the August 9 results, 2% of the electorate voting does not count as an election.
Create a new Electoral Law.
Allow all candidates, blocked by Martelly’s illegal action, back into the game.
Schedule all of the elections for Mid December, as they have been scheduled, in the past. Run off can follow and a new President inaugurated February 7, 2016.
The Haitian people should be allowed an opportunity to select a President of their choice. If this happens, it will for the first time since Duvalier departed in 1986. His government was more democratic that that existing today!!
TIME FOR ACTION!!!!