Gross Errors - Possible Fraud - In Haiti Vote, Preval Says
Date: Wednesday, February 15 2006
Topic: Canadian Politics
If Canada and the USA are involved there certainly will be vote fraud. Canada and the USA do not want Preval to be elected so damn it have another election until it's democracy will ya!!! 4Canada
Port-au-Prince — Leading presidential candidate René Préval said Tuesday that “gross errors and probably gigantic fraud” marred last week's elections, a day after thousands of his supporters stormed a luxury hotel, accusing election officials of manipulating vote counts to deprive him of a first-round victory.
“We want the will of the Haiti people to be respected,” Mr. Préval said at a news conference. "We are concerned about the situation in the streets, where there has been violence.”
UN armoured personnel carriers, meanwhile, cleared roadblocks from the capital Tuesday, a day after angry supporters of Mr. Préval stormed a luxury hotel, accusing election officials of manipulating vote counts to deprive him of a first-round victory.
Haitians are awaiting both the final results of the election held a week ago – the first since former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a rebellion two years ago.
It is uncertain, however, whether Mr. Préval will get the 50 per cent total needed to win outright and avoid a second round of voting. No new results have been posted for more than 20 hours.
Mr. Préval, who enjoys wide support among Haiti's poor majority, arrived in the capital late Monday aboard a UN helicopter from his home in the country's north.
“We have questions about the electoral process,” he told reporters after meeting with the top UN official in Haiti and ambassadors from the United States, France, Canada and Brazil. “We want to see how we can save the process.”
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on February 16, 2006]