It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the "free and fair" elections in Haiti, that the Organization of American States (OAS), after putting heavy political pressure on Renee Preval, had their demands met.
All this talk from Hilary Clinton about how the elections belong to the Haitian people is a joke.
A bad, sick joke.
If the election truly belonged to the people of Haiti, why were so many grassroots parties, including the Fanmi Lavalas parties, banned from running?
"Over a dozen political parties (excluded) from the election -- including Haiti’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas. The ban on Fanmi Lavalas was analogous to excluding the Democratic or Republican party in the United States.
This last election had the lowest participation rate of any Haitian election
Presidential elections in 2006 saw a participation rate of 59.26 percent.
"The participation rate (in 2010) was also extremely low, with just 22.8 percent of registered voters having their vote counted."
Once the OAS got through with their count, the participation rate of Haitian voters dropped to just 20.1 percent
Removal of "additional tally sheets that we have highlighted as irregular, the participation rate drops to 20.1 percent."
And to make these so called "free and fair" elections even more non-credible, as if that is possible? All those "poor" Haitians that the western media loves to put on display, were denied their right to participate
Because of the failure to provide accessible voting centers to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), voter participation was even lower in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas where the number of IDPs is the greatest.
The average participation rate of Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Delmas and Petionville was just 12.4 percent (11.4 percent if we remove additional irregular tally sheets).
Just 11.4 percent of the many, many, many displaced by the disaster, actually took part in the election. Isn't that a convenient way to skew the results?
But what does that matter to the empowered elites? It doesn't.
In fact, they couldn't be happier!
"Haiti's decision to eliminate the government-backed candidate from a presidential runoff won praise from foreign powers Thursday, and the U.S. and others signalled they would agree with President Rene Preval staying in office for a few months past the end of his term."
Isn't that swell of the US?. The UN is apparently jumping for joy at the decision
As for the Haitian people? Abused again.
Interesting article; Cracking the donor discourse on Haiti.
In her remarks last week to the president of the U.N. Security Council on the first anniversary of Haiti's earthquake, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice called for a free and fair election that reflected the views of Haitian voters
Rice made no mention of historic patterns of Western coercion, occupation, interference and destruction in Haiti, which has rendered the grassroots movement in the country virtually powerless.
"It was striking to hear Rice talking about the 'will' of the Haitian people as essential to moving forward," Peter Hallward, author of "Damning the Flood – Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment", told IPS.
"For her to say this publically involves a level of hypocrisy that is quite staggering in light of what the U.S. has done to disrupt the mobilisation of the Haitian people over the last hundred years or more," Hallward said.
Since the earthquake, Haiti's biggest stakeholders, namely, the U.N., the U.S., Britain, France and Canada, have dominated the news and analysis coming from the country.
The mainstream media, buffered by the discourse of these 'concerned parties', has followed a centuries-long practice of positing Haitians as helpless, passive recipients of aid, rather than as autonomous, sovereign, politically-able people.
However, if the international community is to address the root causes of Haiti's destitution and recognise its incredible potential to recreate and reconstruct itself, many activists say we must crack the donor discourse and, instead, put our ears to ground to hear the calls from the grassroots.
And this is what we get in the West from our leadership and the media. "The poor helpless Haitians stereotype"
Never mentioning the unending role that the US, Canada, Britian and France play in guaranteeing their misery. As these latest elections demonstrate, quite clearly!
No matter, today the west celebrates, for they forced their will on the Haitian people.