Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Haiti: Ballots Found Burning in Trash

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Haiti's electoral council said on Tuesday it would launch an investigation after burned ballots, many cast a week ago for former president Rene Preval, were found still smoldering in a state dump.

Preval, a one-time ally of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide opposed by the same wealthy elite who helped drive Aristide from power two years ago, said on Tuesday that only "massive fraud" had prevented him from winning a first-round victory in the February 7 election.

A few hours later, reports that hundreds and maybe thousands of ballots had been found discarded in a massive garbage dump in Port-au-Prince rippled through the ranks of Preval supporters, triggering anger and demonstrations after nightfall.

"That's absolutely unacceptable," said Rosemond Pradel, secretary-general of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) charged with organizing the impoverished Caribbean country's presidential election -- the first vote since Aristide was ousted by an armed revolt and international pressure to quit.


Blogger jsb said...

Democracy prevails in Haiti. Preval declared winner. The people have spoken..unlike in your favorite paradise of Cuba. Cubans deserve the same right of self determination.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cubans DO have self-determination. Unfortunately, they've determined that they don't want the US interfering in their country. TAKE A HINT.

9:42 PM  

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