Haiti's Elections: Illegitimately Recounting Fraud - by Stephen Lendman
Haiti's November 28 elections were irremediably fraudulent, farcical and outrageous. The entire process was rigged. New elections, including all excluded parties, are essential, but not planned. Instead, so-called independent OAS experts began recounting verification to legitimize fraud. According to Albert Ramdin, Assistant OAS Secretary General:
Recounting will be secretive behind closed doors. No public statement will be made until final results are announced, likely early in January. Team members will "look at all systems and then....agree on how (to) proceed" instead of trashing junk tally sheets and starting over.
Originally scheduled for January 16, second electoral round voting will be delayed until initial totals are recounted and verified, no matter how fraudulent, ludicrous, and worthless.
The New York Times Endorses Fraud
An earlier article discussed a November 30 New York Times editorial endorsing Haiti's coup d'etat sham, accessed through the following link:
Brazenly ignoring illegitimacy, it said "Re-running elections this large (for president and legislative members) would lead to months more confusion and government inaction. Unless compelling evidence of fraud is found, it is not necessary and clearly not in Haiti's interests."
On December 30, a new Times editorial titled "Haiti's Vote" endorsed OAS recounting, not to determine fraud, but to "clear up the uncertainty over who won second place and will go on to a January runoff." Once again The Times said:
"The answer is not a full, new election. That would be hugely complicated and costly. Haiti and the OAS have the right approach with their agreement to let the outside specialists into the national tabulation center to examine everything: tally sheets, voter rolls, written reports about irregularities and incidents on Election Day....so Haitians see that their democracy is lawful, transparent and trustworthy."
In February 2004, Haitians, of course, lost democracy after US Marines forcibly ousted Aristide. Under Washington's iron heel, they've been denied it since, the November 28 sham the latest example of coup d'etat authority substituting for constitutional legitimacy. Allowing recounted fraud institutionalizes it, putting fair and open elections further out of reach. According to Times-think, Haitians don't deserve democracy, what they've been denied except under Aristide.
After his 2004 removal, a Times editorial lied, saying:
-- he resigned;
-- sending in Marines "was the right thing to do;"
-- they only arrived after "Mr. Aristide yielded power;"
-- he was to blame for "contribut(ing) significantly to his own downfall (because of his) increasingly autocratic and lawless rule....;" and