Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Haiti staggers toward chaos

These are the elections we were told just a few days ago were fraud free On Tuesday night, local TV showed what appeared to be hundreds of charred votes at a rubbish dump in the capital. Many of the ballots appeared to be marked in favour of Mr Preval, prompting protests from his supporters at the scene. Crowds later marched through the streets of the city, chanting Mr Preval's name and denouncing the alleged fraud. According to a UN spokesman, the ballots could have come from any of nine polling stations ransacked on election day. But the best is yet to come: [UN] Spokesman David Wimhurst said the ballots may have been placed at the dump to suggest fraud had taken place.... As Jon Stewart would say, "The ransacking of polling places was, on the other simply normal electoral practice in Haiti."
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