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Haitian election to be reviewed

February 15, 2006

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— Haiti's interim government ordered a review of election results Tuesday, hours after the leading presidential candidate - who appeared set to fall short of a first-round victory - claimed the count was marred by "massive fraud" or errors.

The order is the first formal step to investigate possible fraud or irregularities committed during last week's vote and the counting process.

"The government wants to make sure that everything with the process is correct," interim Interior Minister Paul Magloire told The Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, leading presidential candidate Rene Preval promised to contest the results. Preval also urged supporters to protest peacefully a day after at least one pro-Preval demonstrator was killed.

Preval said official results "do not correspond with reality."

"We are convinced that either massive fraud or gross errors stain the (electoral) process" Preval said.

The review will be conducted by a commission comprised of the president's office, the electoral council and Preval's party, said Michel Brunache, chief of staff of interim President Boniface Alexandre.

The most recent election results, posted Monday, showed Preval had 48.76 percent of the vote with 90 percent of ballots counted. He would need 50 percent plus one vote from the Feb. 7 election to avoid a March runoff.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

"Thousands protested after charred and still smoldering ballots were found on a garbage dump in Port-au-Prince, reinforcing the claims of fraud leveled by Rene Preval, a former president opposed by the same wealthy elite who helped drive Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile two years ago."

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

I you aren't aware of the actions of this administration in Haiti, it's because you aren't paying attention.

But if absurdist statements make you more comfortable with your ignorance, knock yourself out.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 2 months ago

I blame President Bush for the death of Richard II. Okay, that was over 600 years ago, but we can't rule out the possibility of time travel.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

What's to review? It took a BushCo-sponsored coup to get rid of Aristide, who had the overwhelming support of the Haitian people. Preval, his political successor, would get similar support in an honest election.

If these results hold up, this election is a total fraud, and merely a stalling tactic while BushCo and their oligarchic allies figure out how to rig the next round, or perhaps just send Preval into exile with Aristide and install a new puppet government.

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