Haiti's Electoral Evaluation Commission reveals massive fraud and irregularities during last elections
Posted by AlterPresse on Sunday, January 3, 2016 Under: Haiti's Political Crisis
A check on 1.770 ballot samples of the presidential election of October 25 reveals numerous cases of serious irregularities and massive fraud appearances including the lack of voter signatures for more than 57% of votes counted, unlike prescribes by the electoral decree.
Quality control was conducted at the Tabulation Center Votes (CTV) by statisticians working on behalf of the Electoral Assessment Commission established on December 22, 2015 by presidential decree and whose works were to end on January 2 2016. The complete report is expected shortly.
Before being allowed to vote, the secretary of the Bureau of Vote (BV) must, under Article 158.1 of the Electoral Decree, enter the number of the elector's card on the voter list and ask the latter to affix his signature or his fingerprints.
According to data consulted by AlterPresse, over 30% of the counted votes are not linked to a number of National Identification Card (CIN), which serves as the electoral map, indispensable to take part in elections, according to the Electoral Decree .
About CIN, monitoring revealed that over 46% of the numbers on the voter lists are false.
Over 43% of controlled ballots contain erasures and numbers changes. These ballots were recorded, while Article 171.1 of the Electoral Decree states that "ballots with erasures and showing an obvious attempt of fraudulent alterations are "inadmissible".
Over 76% of irregularities in the ballots controlled were not recorded, as required by Article 167.2 of the Electoral Decree.
In the sample analyzed, the votes that did not have irregularities, that is to say outside lists annotating, amounted to over 39%. It was expected that the party's representatives can vote in the voting centers which they are assigned and domestic observers in the Vote Center where they are. In both cases, a report will be drawn up by the chairman of Voting centers, said the Electoral Decree.
In the elections of 25 October, the Provisional Electoral Council (Cep) distributed 915,675 accreditations to representatives of political parties, representing more than half of voters, officially estimated at 1,530,970, from 5,838,838 persons with the age to vote; a turnout of about 26%.
In over 73% of cases where "incidents" occurred during the voting process, there have been no more than "incident report."
What is considered "incident" in this context are "disputes with representatives of political parties, groups, or cartels candidates, referring to the decisions of the members of the polling station."
The attitude of observers who try to influence the vote of voters also qualified incident for which the election supervisor must draw up a report.
40% of ballots were not completed in accordance with the legal requirements and lack a certain amount of information required by the Electoral Decree.
Data collected for 1.770 ballots analyzed tend to confirm the trend observed in a previous audit conducted at Tabulation Center, on November 21 and 22, 2015, at the request of the Fanmi Lavalas party.
Despite these cases and the denunciation by the observation of national organizations of a "planned vast fraud operation" the CEP published November 24, 2015, the final results of presidential elections, giving the candidate Jovenel Moise 32.76% and 25.29% to the candidate Jude Célestin of the opposition.
Under pressure from protests by political parties and street protests, the second round scheduled 27 December 2015 was postponed indefinitely. Several sectors have called for the cancellation of these elections considered fraudulent.
The President Michel Martelly announced on 1 January 2016 he was preparing to call the citizens to go to the polls next January 17 to decide between the two candidates qualified for the second round.