[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
#858: From SICRAD/CIP (fwd)
From: Max Blanchet <MaxBlanchet@worldnet.att.net>
Election commission persists with get-out-the-vote campaign
Summary of SICRAD report
Report by Service d'Information du Centre de Recherche et d'Action pour
le Développement BP 13241, Delmas, Haïti -Tel: 463496, 492242 - Fax:
492242 Site Internet: http://rehred-haiti.net/membres/crad/sicrad/
The get-out-the-vote campaign for the March 2000 elections began
officially last week in Haiti despite the problems at the official
launching ceremony on October 24. Many Port-au-Prince streets are
festooned with banners calling the population to the elections.
"Elections are the only way to democracy," "I will vote on March 16,"
are some of the slogans.
The banners strengthen a radio-adverstisement campaign launched by the
executive some months ago.
The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) decided not to stop in its
tracks after the disturbance at the official launching. The
demonstrators claimed to be from La Famille Lavalas, the party of former
president Aristide. They spread panic in the stadium and disrupted the
Angry reaction has come all week. A delegation of "Fanm Yo La" (Women
are here), an organization which promotes the participation of women in
politics, visited the CEP to express its solidarity with CEP member Irma
Rateua, who was hit with urine in the face.
The La Famille Lavalas party and the political and popular organizations
close to it insist that the opposition staged the events of October 24
in order to tarnish the image of the party. This point of view was
relayed by the Parti Populaire National (PPN) of Benjamin Dupuy.
Since the beginning of the electoral process there have been persistent
rumors that La Famille Lavalas wanted to have general elections at the
end of the year 2000 instead of the legislative elections scheduled for
But in Trinidad & Tobago, where he was participating in a meeting with
heads of state of CARICOM, President Préval reaffirmed the government's
intention of holding honest and credible elections next March.
"The government does not intend to interfere in issues that are the
province of the electoral institution," said Préval in noting his wish
that all Haitians of voting age should have their electoral IDs by the
date of the vote.
The president of the CEP, Léon Manus, called the incident "an
intentional act of sabotage."
The U.S. ambassador to Port-au-Prince deplored the behavior of the
demonstrators. "We oppose all forms of intimidation. We support the
right of all persons to express their poplitical opinions."
The International Civilian Observers' Mission (MICIVIH) considered the
incidents to be intensely partisan and auguring poorly for the future of
the electoral campaign.
November 1, 1999