US seeks Haiti election explanation amid fraud concerns

The counts for 18 seats showed last-minute changes

BBC: The United States embassy in Haiti has said it is worried about possible fraud in recent legislative elections there.

In a statement, the embassy said the Haitian government and the country’s provisional electoral commission needed to explain why a number of candidates won seats in the final results, when they hadn’t been leading in preliminary counts.

Of 18 such cases, it said, 16 favoured the governing Unity party – known in Haiti as Inite – of the outgoing President, Rene Preval.

Haiti’s President-elect, Michel Martelly, has called for an investigation into the results and urged Mr Preval not to ratify them.

Mr Martelly, a popular Haitian singer, won the presidency in a run-off election, with over two-thirds of the vote. But his party has won only a handful of seats in the incoming legislature.

So if he is to get much-needed legislation passed, he will have to work alongside the Unity party, which will dominate the new legislature.

It will have an absolute majority in the 30-seat Senate. And it is very close to an absolute majority in the lower house, which has 99 seats.

Haitians ‘deserve nothing less’

The US Embassy in the capital Port-au-Prince queried the swings in 17 seats in the lower house, and one in the Senate.

It asked why one winning candidate from the incumbent party – who had been in third place after the preliminary count – gained 55,000 votes, going “from 90,000 in the preliminary results to more than 145,000 in the final results.”

It also called for international election observers to review the 18 cases to ensure the results were fair. “The Haitian people, who have participated with great patience in the two rounds of elections, deserve nothing less,” the embassy states.

Mr Martelly, who will be sworn in as president next month, has also criticised the results.

“The results of the presidential elections matched the people’s will,” he said in a radio broadcast. “But the results in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate seem wrong. It seems the people’s vote was not respected.”


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3 thoughts on “US seeks Haiti election explanation amid fraud concerns

  1. We have to clarify the rules once for ever.

    They did the same in December 1990, in Feb.2006 and again they want to do that in 2011. No waym guys, I am really sorry for you.

    Your game is Over.

    There is a big difference between Political Party and Coallision or Political Plate-form.

    According to our Constitution of March 1987, a political party must be functionning for at least 2 years before to be able to register to participate in an election. Many groups can join together to create a plate-form, of course, but in any way it is not a political party as Lavalas as always their victory to steal the Legislative power all the time.

    FNCD,LESPWA, INITE are not political parties, so they can not claim to choose the Prime Minister in any sort.Each party inside the plate-form must keep record of its candidates.In that way, there will be no Party in majority tom pretend to choose a Prime Minister and form his government, We need to bring a democratic correction in this matter.

    We are going to screen all composant parties inside INITE to clarify that bluff. Anyone who is gulty in that case must respond before the High Court of Justice as a crime of Haute Trahison, as said in our Constitution.Lavalas-Lespwa=Inite, ou nan ka.

    Menm Bondye nan syel la pa p kapab sove nou.

  2. @ Demokrasi bounda kras
    Zanmi ou fem kontan, mwen renmen tout kormante ou yo! You are not a partisan, but a patriot! God bless you and haiti!

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