Candidates Allege Fraud in Haitian Election

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You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. At least two are dead in Haiti after r...
You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. At least two are dead in Haiti after riots and allegations of fraud and corruption in the country’s latest election. 12 of the 18 presidential candidates, along with voters, are calling for the polls to be annulled, claiming the ruling party rigged the elections. The BBC has the scene from Port-au Prince, where protesters took their frustration to the streets. “The word hit the street immediately. Like the protesters, I saw how badly these elections were organized. And I saw election officials being arrested for allegedly stuffing ballot boxes with votes for the ruling party. The anger was raw. People thought their right to vote had been denied … Haiti is in political crisis. It’s been here before.” Examples of reported fraudulent activity include ballot stuffing and pre-marking ballots for establishment candidate Jude Celestin. Many Haitians say they were turned away at voting stations. The CBC caught some of the chaos on tape. Paul Hunter: “That hand has a wad of ballots so thick, it can hardly fit in the box. And there are so more ballots in his other hand … This man couldn’t find his name on the voters’ list.” Hunter: “Do you want to vote?” Man: “Yes.” Hunter: “And you can’t vote.” Man: “No.” Hunter: “Ballots littered the ground. This ballot box lay crumpled in a creek. Voters here say Celestin’s supporters trashed this place the afternoon.” Haiti’s electoral council says it will approve poll results despite fraud charges. Popular candidate and former musician Michel Martelly—better known as Little Mickey—shared his anger with many media outlets. Here’s what he told CNN. “I understand the government has a custom of stealing the country’s money, a custom of stealing our dreams, but they cannot steal our vote.” A blogger for the Economist says there’s no proof of fraud yet, but looks at one source of suspicion. “So far, little concrete evidence has emerged of wrongdoing by [President Preval’s party]. But the fact that the members of the electoral council overseeing the vote were chosen by Mr Préval has invited suspicion.” Still -- an Al Jazeera blog suggests the confusion might also be blamed on disorganization in a country still recovering from January’s devastating earthquake. Get more multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.
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