The PHTK is on the way to put their candidate Jovenel Moise at the National Palace in February. They have invested heavily and at this point they have everything necessary to win the upcoming presidential election in Haiti. Whether legally, through fraud or with force, PHTK Political machine is well oiled and in motion to win.
People like Maryse Narcisse, Moise Jean Charles or Jude Celestin do not really represent obstacles to this heavy political machine and no matter what strategy these three use, it will not stop PHTK machine.
Let's take the case of Maryse Narcisse for instance who has decided to contest the last election results. She is likely to go no where with her efforts because the authorities in charge of the election process, the CEP, may not have clean hands in all that.
On the same night of the election results, the presidential candidate under the banner of the Organization of People in Struggle (OPL), Sauveur Pierre Etienne, was one of the first candidates to accept the election results as published by the CEP. He went on to immediately declare his support in the second round to his friend Jude Celestin.
That would have been fine under normal Circumstance and if he did not take a different position regarding the election just days ago. Sauveur Pierre Etienne was leading a group of seven political parties who were demanding the formation of an independent entity to investigate allegation of election fraud. He named a Spanish Company "SOLAR" which was responsible for the fraud in favor of the PHTK candidate. He also managed to obtain the signatures of several candidates such as Jude Celestin, Samuel Madistin, Eric jean Baptiste, Jean Henry Ceant, and others in his scam.
VERITE political party has made the hard decision not to press forward for the second round of voting on October 25th. During the first round of voting back in August it was the victim of purposeful and vicious attacks at its polling stations throughout Haiti. No one knows if VERITE's bowing out of the election will bring more violence during the second round. The pull-out, some believe, will destabilize the island.
VERITE is an intimidating political force to Tet Kale, President Martelly's party. And it is suspected Tet Kale may have been behind the violence on Election Day. VERITE has also sustained a blow regarding its participation in the presidential elections. The corrupt Provisional Electoral Council ignored a Court of Auditors ruling, which said VERITE's candidate for president, Jacky Lumarque, did not need a discharge certificate, because he never handled any public funds as a government official. Front runner, Lumarque, also poses a threat to Tet Kale's candidate, Jovenel Moise. So the PEC has decided, in defiance of the high court ruling, to keep Lumarque from running.
On Monday, April 13, 2015, the political actors in Haiti have accused President Martelly on charges of setting up over 66 political parties out of the total 165 parties registered for the forthcoming election.
The accusation came when the Prime Ministry is trying to reduce the number of contending political parties in the election and the President and the Minister of Justice Pierre-Richard Casimir were busy in meeting the Heads of some compassionate countries like Brazil, Venezuela and others to fund the massive coming election (expected budget between $50 and 60 million, the most expensive ever in Haiti). During the discussions, the Head of States have expressed their concerns to fund the coming electoral process. According to an amendment with support from the former President Preval, political parties taking part in the election will be supported from a fund earmarked for the contests.
Did you believe that Don Kato would not take advantage of his public conflict with the Martelly government for not allowing him to take part of several Carnivals in the past, you were wrong. Did you believe that Fanmi Lavalas would be the political party he would likely run under, once again you were wrong.
Brothers Posse lead singer Antonio "Don Kato" Cheramy finally made it official. He registered his candidacy for Senator of the West Department under the Verite banner, a party created by former President Rene Preval
Now, I am totally confused. Some peoplle have been saying that the Verite party of Rene Preval is working closely with Michel Martelly. If this is the case, what is Don Kato doing there?
It seems like we are watching the democratization of our political parties in Haiti right before our eyes. So many political parties are now saying that they are going to let their members make the selection as to who will represent their party during the next election. OPL, MOPOD, FUSION, just to name a few stated that they will have Primary election.
Now my question: what about Fanmi Lavalas? Will this political party follow the steps of the other ones and conduct primary as well? This is something very interesting to watch during the next few days or months. Will the Fanmi Lavalas of Jean Bertrand Aristide survive if they decide not to conduct Primary election? Will the party members accept to be under a Dictatorship form of political party or will the demand that the party open to all and that the best candidate will actually be selected to represent them during the next election?
We just learned that some of the members of the Pitit Desalin has a rough time as Haitian Police entered the local in search of an individual by the name of Sonson. We also learned that former Senator Moise Jean Charles was man handled and would not be allowed to enter the facility.
The members of the Political party are left confused, not knowing why this incident took place. Mr. Assad Volcy said to the news reporters that were present that at the beginning there was no Justice of Peace present. The Justice of Peace later showed up only after the Police
In past elections in Haiti, many people were complaining that there were too many candidates when in a single voting card, the population was obligated to pick one out of 30, 40 and sometimes, over 50 candidates. If they had a problem then, it is going to be much worst for the next one as there is a possibility to have close to 200 candidates to select from.
One may ask: what is wrong with this picture? Is it normal to have so many candidates running against each other in a single election? What does that demonstrate in term of politic in Haiti? What does it show about the Haitian person in general. Last, what does that say about the Haitian society?
Pamela White, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, to make clear on where the U.S. stands regarding the political opposition of the Martelly-Lamothe government, requested a meeting. Four parties of the opposition responded: MOPOD, Ayisyen pou Ayiti, INITE, and Fusion of the Social Democrats.
The meeting was held at FUSION headquarters with heavy security surrounding the building: the SWAT unit; the Departmental Unit for Maintaining Order; and other National Police of Haiti departmental units. White wanted to counter inaccurate reports in the media and the rumor mill about what White's attitude was regarding the stalemate between Martelly and the opposition parties, concerning the looming constitutional crisis.
Haiti's President Martelly reluctantly took responsibility for the political impasse that has brought the country to its knees. He waited until just weeks before the end of the year to appoint a commission to make recommendations on how to pacify opposition parties and protestors in the streets, calling for his resignation. He followed the commission's recommendation and asked Prime Minister Lamothe to resign, appointing Evans Paul as Lamothe's replacement.
But Parliament stuck to its guns and would not pass the electoral law so elections could be held. They also did not confirm Paul as prime minister before their terms expired on January 12th. Now Haiti is bereft of a standing Parliament. It also has no elected mayors or local officials, no Supreme Court president, and no Central Bank governor. Still the international community is standing behind Martelly, who is ruling by decree.
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