The only Haitian-American Senator in Florida, Daphné Campbell who has been Senator of District 38 (North-East of Miami-Dade) for 8 years, lost her seat during the elections held in Florida on August 28.
She lost to former Attorney Jason Pizzo, who won 54.2% of the votes.
Haitian-American Daphné Campbell, Senator of District 38, Lost Her Seat
On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Haitian-American Daphné Campbell, a Democratic member of the Florida Senate District 38 of the North-East of Miami-Dade, lost her 8 year old seat to former Attorney Jason Pizzo. Pizzo is a wealthy former prosecutor, received 54.2% of the votes. Pizzo walked away easily with nearly a 9% victory margin. Northeast Miami-Dade district includes the largest Haitian population in the country which extends west from the Beach to the west of I-95, and includes cities like Aventura, Miami Beach, North Miami, and portions of the City of Miami. Pizzo spent more than a million dollars of his own money on his election campaign emphasizing public safety, climate change and a living wage for workers.
A survey conducted by the Haitian surveys firm Brides has Jovenel Moise once again leading the presidential race in Haiti. He is estimated to be winning 41 percent of the votes, while Jude Celestin is trailing with 25.2% of likely voters. Here is the actual ranking by candidate:
Jovenel Moïse (P.H.T.K) - 4,868 votes (41.0%)
Jude Célestin (LAPEH) - 2,994 votes (25.2%)
Jean Charles Mouise (Pitit Dessalin) - 1,487 votes (12.5%)
Maryse Narcisse (Fanmi Lavalas) - 901 votes (7.6%)
Jean Henry Céant (Renmen Ayiti) - 209 votes (1.8%)
Beauzile Edmonde Ssupplice - (FUSION) 77 votes (0.6%)
Jean·Chavannes Jeune (Canaan) - 45 votes (0.4%)
Jean Clarens Rendis (UNIR) - 43 votes (0.4%)
Maxo Joseph (Randevous) - 43 votes (0.4%)
Daniel Dupiton (CONAPPH) - 32 votes (0.3%)
Jean Hervé Charles (PENH) - 24 votes (0.2%)
Luckner Désir (MPH) 24 votes - (0.2%)
Jacques Sampeur (KLE) 23 votes - (0.2%)
Roland Magloire (PDI) 19 votes - (0.2%)
The President of the CEP, Leopold Berlanger, thinks he has the problem regarding "Mandataires" or poll watchers under control for the next election scheduled for October 9, 2016. Berlanger admitted that what has triggered fraud in the previous election was the phenomenon of assigning blank accreditation cards to over 1 million poll watchers or "Mandataires" and allowing them to potentially cast multiple ballots at any polling station they want.
The current plan is to assign "Mandataires" only to the voting centers and polling stations where they are registered. Leopold Berlanger thinks that will reduce the potential for fraud.
In addition, this time anyone caught cheating will be published in the media with details of their crimes.
After many attempts to resign the CEP, Roudy Stanley Penn now made it official this time. In his resignation statement, he declared that hi is called to do other things. Roudy was one of the spoke person for the new CEP under Leopold Berlanger Jr. He was the campaign manager for Senator Jean Renel Senatus,(Zokiki)
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Twelve Senators currently supporting Jocelerme Privert want to contribute financially for the organization of the next elections in Haiti. They wrote to Prime Minister Enex Jean Charles, asking him to order Finance to hold their paychecks for the months of August and September. These Senators decided to do that following the decision by the United States not to finance the next elections in Haiti.
Here are their names of the Senators who agreed to forgo their paychecks for August and September:
Jean Baptiste Bien-Aime,
Fritz Carlos Lebon,
Antonio 'Don Kato' Cheramy
Francois Lucas Saintvil,
Steven Irvenson Benoit,
The Deputy Secretary General of the Platform Pitit Dessalin, Assad Volcy, wants to become Senator of the West Department. "Pou lari a" is his new slogan that he intends to win he race with. Assad Volcy will be competing with Jean Myrtho Muraille, another member of his candidate for platform Pitit Dessalin for this seat. At this time, the candidates are waiting for the National Electoral Office (BCEN) verdict on a dispute by Muraille, candidate in the last election.
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The international community doesn't want to fund our next presidential election, no problem. The new Director of Haiti State run National Lottery, Ms. Margareth Fortune believes that we can pay for our own election with fund from the Haiti National Lottery. On the other hand, the former candidate for Platfom Jistis, Andre Michel, thinks that the decision taken by the American government not to help with the election is not a bad decision. The Haitian government should open a special account at the BNC to receive contributions from Haitian citizens inside or outside of the country to help in financing the election. According to the former candidate, the country will take this opportunity to set up process to take back its sovereignty.
The United States has suspended its financial assistance toward the completion of the presidential election process in Haiti and made it clear that they will not give even a penny for the Oct. 9 rerun election. According to State Department spokesman John Kirby on Thursday, "We did not plan funding for two more electoral rounds in 2016 and 2017". Mr Kirby explained in his news briefing that the suspension of electoral aid did not mean a reduction in U.S. support for various development projects in Haiti.
This is not a shock to the Haitian authorities. Instead it might be welcome even though the government doesn't necessarily have the fund to conduct these elections. The president of the CEP Léopold Berlanger as well as interim President Jocelerme Privert have stated in the past that these elections should be funded by Haitians. Presidential spokesman Serge Simon has stated recently that: "We already made ourselves clear: Haiti will make all effort to find the $55 million to do the elections."
The president of the CEP, Leopold Berlanger,felt that he did not receive the respect he deserves as CEP president when he went to celebrate Fourth of July America Independence day at the private residence of the US ambassador in Port-au-Prince. According to journalist Tamara Orion of Signal FM, Leopold Berlanger accompanied by his wife was stopped at the gate of the Ambassador's residence and forbidden from going in in his car. The President of the CEP was instructed by the guard to go park his car at a golf course located at quite some distance from the residence before the couple could get in. Upset by the reception, Mr. Berlanger insisted in telling the guards that he was the president of the CEP. Finally, as he was unable to get access with his car, Leopold Berlanger decided to leave without attending the 4th of July celebration.
The Senator of Ayiti An Asyon (AAA) Youri Latortue, former adviser to President Michel Martelly admitted that PHTK had rigged the elections of August 9 and October 25, 2015
"We believe that President Jocelerme Privert is rigging the coming elections in favor a a specific group, the same way PHTK was doing".
What do you think for someone who was close adviser to president Michel Martelly to admit something like this?
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