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22/2/06

Jacques Bernard, the Frenchmen accused of ballot stuffing and electoral fraud in Haiti is Welcome to the US by Haiti Democracy Project and Scheduled to Address HDP Seminar | J.Bernard, another Zealot, like Manus and Paquiot, HDP will use to destabalize Haiti’s elected President | Se Pép ki bay pouvwa!

 

   

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– Jacques Bernard: Another Zealot, like Leon Manus and Pierre Paquiot for Haiti Democracy Project to use to Destabilize Haitiís Elected President By Ezili Danto, Feb. 22, 2006

– Le directeur général du Conseil électoral provisoire (CPE) haítien a fui Haíti dimanche.

Jacques Bernard Photo (archives)
www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2006/02/21/002-Haiti-DG-CPE-fuite.shtml

– Nút pou laprés, Gaye Prese: Se Pép ki bay pouvwa! Komite kont Jenosid an Ayiti
21 Fevriye 2006

– Fanm Yo La considers that the population has voted massively in favor of Préval in order to end the violence and obtain better living conditions, AHP, Feb. 21, 2006

– The EU congratulates President-Elect René Préval on his new mandate and “reaffirms its commitment alongside the Haitian people” AHP, Feb. 21, 2006

– The departure of Jacques Bernard from the CEP can only have positive consequences, according to Council member Duchemin; a committee is formed to manage the rest of the electoral process, AHP

– Count the missing ballots received Wed. Feb. 15, 2006

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Jacques Bernard: Another Zealot, like Leon Manus and Pierre Paquiot for Haiti Democracy Project to use to Destabilize Haitiís Elected President

The Rigged Haiti Elections:

Jacques Bernard, the Frenchmen accused of ballot stuffing and electoral fraud who was quickly rushed out of Haiti in now in the US. Bernard was unilaterally and illegally appointed, by Gerald Latortue, to an “Executive Director” position on Haitiís electoral council (CEP), a position that doesnít exists and violates CEPís own laws.

Bernard, stands accused, by at least three members on the CEP of ballot stuffing and electoral fraud in Haitiís Feb. 7, 2006 elections.

To quote Haiti’s own CEP members, Fequiere and Mathurin, Jacques Bernard is a “crook and swindler,” a “megalomaniacî who ìabused the powerî of the electoral council and had a ìpolitical agenda,” (To see picture of Jacques Bernard, go to: www.radiocanada.ca/nouvelles/International/2006/02/21/002-Haiti-DG-CPE-fuite.shtml (See, also, Haiti election authority says fraud tainted vote news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060217/wl_nm/haiti_election_fr ud_dc_1 )

Reportedly, Bernard, is a French citizen, who once went to school at the Sorborne in Paris together with Leslie Manigat.

This lifelong relationship with Leslie Manigat is why some in Haiti believe that the 11.8 percent Manigat received to garner second place in the Haitian election was actually INFLATED by his close friend and former schoolmate, Jacques Bernard.

What is the connection between Leslie Manigat and Gerald Latorture?

Gerard Latortue is a close associate of Leslie Manigat, who served as foreign minister in 1988 to former President Leslie Manigat when the latter usurped the 1988 presidency with the backing of the CIA’s army in Haiti (a.k.a. FAdH). (www.haitisurf.com/gerardlatortue.shtml/ )

If Jacques Bernard is a French citizen and he had to flee Haiti, why not go to France? Why come to Washington to speak at a Haiti Democracy Project Seminar? Hopefully some intrepid journalist, will soon let us know Jacques Bernardís past affiliation, if any, with Tim Carney, IRI, IFES, USAID and the Haiti Democracy Project (HDP).

For, as HDP did with Leon Manus, Haitiís election commissioner for the 2000 legislative elections, as they did with Pierre Paquiot, the Rector of the University of Haiti, so too, it appears HDP may use the newly disaffected Jacques Bernard as the latest in their strings of exiled Haitian zealots. Will HDP now parade the discredited Jacques Bernard, his story and fabrications at Washington seminars, on HDP delegations and to Washington Congressional offices, to sell their party line; their new coup díetat plans against Haitiís latest elected President, Rene Preval?

Take a look at this announcement, posted today, on the Haiti Democracy Project website: “Exiled CEP Administrator to Address Haiti Democracy Project Seminar:”

ìwebmaster, 2006-02-21

Haiti Democracy Project web page item #3469
( www.haitipolicy.org )

Jacques Bernard was director-general, and by many accounts the only effective administrator at the Provisional Electoral Council. At an episode at the tabulation center in the industrial park, two of the commissioners, Pierre Duchemin and Patrick Fequiere, loudly upbraided Bernard for an hour in an attempt to intimidate him and curry favor for themselves with Preval.

Then pro-Preval demonstrators invaded the Montana Hotel in search of electoral officials to attack and lynch, Bernard chief among them. With U.S. help, he was whisked to the United States as was Leon Manus five and a half years ago. The Haiti project was proud to present Manus at the Brookings Institution in 2000 in his first U.S. appearance after fleeing to exile. We are equally proud to present Bernard.

Watch this space for further announcements.î

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Where is the New York Times, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times?

If the past in any barometer, Haiti Democracy Project is clearly indicating its intention to destabilize President-elect Rene Preval. When will the mainstream press report this? Two years after the deed is done and over 10,000 Haitian deaths too late. (See, New York Times coverage, “Haiti: Democracy Undone Mixed U.S. signals have helped tilt Haiti toward chaos?”)

Ezili Danto
Feb. 21, 2006

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Le directeur général du Conseil électoral provisoire (CPE) haítien a fui Haíti dimanche.

Jacques Bernard Photo (archives)
www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2006/02/21/002-Haiti-DG-CPE-fuite.shtml

Jacques Bernard aurait quitté le pays pour se rendre aux …tats-Unis aprés que sa ferme, située prés de Port-au-Prince, eut été pillée et incendiée par des inconnus, samedi.

¿ la tÍte du Conseil depuis trois mois, M. Bernard s’était plaint de menaces vendredi, ‡ la suite d’allégations de fraude électorale contre lui-mÍme et l’institution qu’il dirigeait.

Deux membres du Conseil électoral l’accusaient d’avoir voulu prendre le contrÙle des opérations en écartant les neuf membres du Conseil, et d’avoir faussé le décompte des bulletins de l’élection présidentielle du 7 février, ce que niait M. Bernard.

Publication de nouveaux résultats partiels

Le CEP a publié, lundi, de nouveaux résultats de l’élection présidentielle, portant sur 95,78 % des suffrages dépouillés.

Selon ces résultats, le président élu René Préval a récolté 51,21 % des votes, l’ex-président Leslie Manigat en obtient 12,40 %, contre 8,24 % pour l’industriel Charles Henri Baker.
Haíti

Jeudi dernier, le Conseil avait proclamé René Préval président, avec une majorité de 51,15 % au premier tour, en décidant de distribuer les votes blancs – les bulletins non cochés – au prorata des voix reÁues par les candidats. Le CPE, de concert avec le gouvernement intérimaire, souhaite éviter un second tour et mettre ainsi un terme ‡ une crise provoquée par des partisans de M. Préval qui réclamaient sa victoire.

Le candidat Leslie Manigat, qui a déposé une plainte contre la décision du CEP pour violation de la loi électorale, a par ailleurs déclaré ‡ l’Agence France-Presse qu’il ne contestait pas les résultats des élections.

D’autre part, le CEP a publié les premiers résultats partiels des législatives, qui portent sur les 30 postes ‡ pourvoir au Sénat. Le second tour du scrutin législatif est prévu le 19 mars.
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Komite kont Jenosid an Ayiti
Nút pou laprés
Gaye Prese

Pou verifikasyon:
Alexandre Colas, 908-451-9600
Dahoud Andre, 718-848-0303

21 Fevriye 2006
Se Pép ki bay pouvwa!

Komite Kont Jenosid an Ayiti mete chapo li bien ba devan chwa mas popilé yo fé 7 Fevriye ki sút pase a. Yo pran seleksyon blan an ak tchoul li yo te pral fé a epi yo fé l tounen yon eleksyon tout bon vre. Yon lút fwa ankú yo chape anba pyéj boujwazi lokal la, enperyalis meriken, kanadyen, franse te simaye sou wout yo. Yo krache sou tout kandida ki te reprezante enteré gouvénman gwo peyi yo. Eleksyon Prezidan Preval la montre lemonn antye mas yo ap veye. Yo pa p dúmi. Prezidan Preval dwe sévi manda 5 an pép la bali a san manke yon jou. Pép Ayisyen an dwe klé genyen yon eleksyon pa vle di nou libere pou sa. Genyen yon eleksyon pa vle di mizé nou fini.

Fúk tout pwogresis ki gen diyite touse manch chemiz yo epi mete ansam pou konbat okipasyon an. Nou mande Prezidan Preval liberasyon tout prizonye politik yo prese prese. N ap reklame arestasyon Louis Jodel Chamlain, Guy Philippe ak tout lút asasen ki te fé ekzaksyon sou pép la nan 2 zan ki sot pase la a. Fúk lajistis mete anba kúd e jije tout manm konsey elektoral la ki te patisipe nan frod elektoral.

San pédi tan Prezidan Preval dwe pousib dosye restitisyon dét lendepandans lan. Kúb sila se lajan peyi a Lafrans te vúlú ak kouto nan gagann nou. Retou Rrezidan Aristide an Ayiti pa bagay ki regade okenn gouvénman etranje. Batay pou liberasyon pép ayisyen pa ka fét nan negosyasyon ni nan mande padon. Batay sa a dwe reyalize nan tét poze sou direksyon bon jan úganizasyon k ap asire ajanda mas popilé yo pase anvan tout lút bagay. Prezidan Preval pa dwe janm bliye se pa ni gwo peyi oswa boujwa k ap pran púz zanmi l jodi a yo ki te remete l sou pouvwa a. Se vút pép la, vijilans li nan bare anwo bare anba pou asire mannigét konséy elektoral tét chat la pa t pase epi san l ki koule ki fé jodi a Prezidan eli peyi a rele Rene Garcia Preval.

Djúb tout sitwayen konsyan se úganize, úganize, úganize.

Viv lit mas popilé yo!

Aba tout mannigét pou rekolonize peyi a!

Rezistans Dan Fé jouk sa kaba!

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Fanm Yo La considers that the population has voted massively in favor of Préval in order to end the violence and obtain better living conditions

Port-au-Prince, February 21, 2006 -(AHP)- The director of the women’s organization Fanm Yo La, Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lasségue, asserted Tuesday that the Haitian people decided to vote massively in favor of the candidate of the Platform of Hope, René Préval, to end the violence and bring about better living conditions.

Mr. Préval, who is the new president of all the Haitian people, said Ms. Lasségue, should create high intensity manual labor opportunities in record time to relieve the misery of the population.

She also asked René Préval to call upon competent people to help him lift Haiti out of the impasse.

The coordinator of Fanm Yo La spoke of irregularities present in the electoral process and asked the CEP either to amend the article in the electoral decree dealing with blank ballots or else to comply with the decree. Fanm Yo La also wondered about the reasons why many ballots were not counted and why one of the nine members of the CEP did not sign the text proclaiming René Préval’s victory.

AHP has learned that this is the first time so many members of the electoral council have in fact signed such a document.

Similar proclamations in the past have been signed by four, five or six council members.

For his part, the secretary general of the National Federation for Rights, Duty, Liberty and Justice, attorney Sergo Louis Charles, advocated in-depth reform of the electoral machinery before the second round of the elections is held.

Mr. Louis Charles suggested that there be a public information display center at the Vote Tabulation Center in Sonapi, to enable journalists and poll-watchers to have free access to the election information.

Several sectors have denounced the fact that the Tabulation Center has been taken over by representatives of the business community while representatives of political parties and even journalists have often been prevented from entering there.

AHP February 21, 2006 3:45 PM

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The EU congratulates President-Elect René Préval on his new mandate and “reaffirms its commitment alongside the Haitian people”

Port-au-Prince, February 21, 2006 -(AHP)- The European Union congratulated the President of the Republic, Mr. René Préval on his new mandate and reaffirmed its lasting commitment alongside the Haitian people and the authorities for the reconstruction and development of the country.

Referring to the preliminary statement of its electoral observation mission, the European Union expressed its satisfaction with the smooth running of the presidential and parliamentary elections of February 7 and noted that the elections marked an important step forward in the democratic process.

“The European Union is pleased at the high level of participation and the dignified engagement with which the Haitian people exercised their democratic right to choose their future leaders, despite the major technical and logistical problems in the organization of the elections”, a news release indicated. It also praised the fact that a major step has been taken in the process of democratic transition.

The EU also underscored the importance of the second round of the legislative and parliamentary elections and expressed hope that its success will facilitate the consolidation of the rule of law and the establishment of strong and stable institutions that will be in a position to play their role fully as called for in the Constitution.

At the moment when Haiti enters a new phase of its history, observed the EU news release, it is essential that all political and social forces engage in dialog in a spirit of national reconciliation in order to ensure the political, economic and social stability that is necessary to the development of the country, the communiqué continued.

AHP February 21, 2006 2:25 PM

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The departure of Jacques Bernard from the CEP can only have positive consequences, according to Council member Duchemin; a committee is formed to manage the rest of the electoral process

Port-au-Prince, February 21, 2006 -(AHP)- Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) member Pierre Richard Duchemin indicated Tuesday that the departure of the director general from the CEP can only have positive consequences for the electoral process.

Jacques Bernard said he left the country due to threats, but some CEP members said he left in order to avoid having to respond to accusations of fraud relating to the electoral process.

The departure of Mr. Bernard might enable the truth to break out regarding the confusion surrounding his work, said Pierre Richard, who spoke of an unhealthy polarization.

Duchemin announced that the work left behind by Mr. Bernard will be taken up by a committee composed of three CEP members: a FranÁois BenoÓt, Rosemond Pradel and himself.

“The CEP is determined to work transparently”, said Duchemin, who announced the opening of an investigation into the case of the ballots found at the public dump site at Truittier, regarding which Jacques Bernard has been accused of involvement.

The Council member also took a moment to downplay the accusations by Jacques Bernard who claimed that he had received death threats.

He is trying to conceal the illness that is afflicting him, said CEP member Patrick Féquiére, who has also been accused by the former executive director.
AHP February 21, 2006 12:00 PM

The Alternative Bloc hails the victory of Préval and announced the choice of three liaison officers to manage its interests

Port-au-Prince, February 21, 2006 -(AHP)- The Alternative Bloc of 11 political parties presented its congratulations Tuesday to the candidate of the Platform Espwa, René Garcia Préval, winner in the first round of the elections of February 7, 2006.

In a news release sent to AHP, the Bloc also praised the population for the new page of history that it has just written by participating massively and enthusiastically in the first round of the presidential and legislative elections.

According to the Bloc, this performance demonstrates the maturity of the Haitians and their desire to put an end to the interminable transition and to install a president whom they judge to be capable of ensuring political stability, promoting economic renewal, and propelling the country along the path to modernity, democracy and progress.

The Alternative Bloc stated that all its members have assumed their civic responsibility before history by deciding to provide their support to the new Chief of State for the concretisation of the ideals that the Haitian people expressed in their historic vote.

The Alternative Bloc expressed its wishes for success to Mr. Préval and said it hopes that in his capacity as president of all the Haitians he will work sincerely toward reconciliation among all social strata of the country.

The Bloc reaffirmed in addition that it will remain a collegial structure bringing together 10 former presidential candidates and 11 leaders or representatives of 11 political formations.

It added however that in the special context of the moment it has chosen three liaison officers to manage its interests. They are engineer Chavannes Jeune of UNCRH, who polled in fourth place in the presidential elections of February 7, Dr. Luc Fleurinord of the MRN and Dr. Emmanuel Justima of the AD party.

To date, the unsuccessful candidate of the RDNP party, Leslie Manigat, remains one of the few candidates who has yet to concede defeat.
AHP February 21, 2006 3:00 PM

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Count the missing ballots received Wed. Feb. 15, 2006 by Ezili Danto

Why did the CEP choose to COUNT the blank ballots on a pro-rata basis but to not count the missing ballots from Sainte Trinité School, Carrefour-Feuilles, Abricots and other places that had gone missing but recovered and clearly available to be ADDED into the overall tally of votes on Wed. Feb. 15, 2006?

According to an article written by Guy Delva for Reuters on Feb. 17, 2006:

“The blank ballots were probably introduced into the ballot boxes in a fraudulent manner,” Max Mathurin, president of the electoral council, told Vision 2000 radio, “This looked weird,” he said…In some polling stations, blank ballots totaled a quarter of the votes, and in some others, one third of the votes,” Mathurin said…He blamed polling-station workers, who were often all of the same political persuasion…” (Reuters, “Haiti election authority says fraud tainted vote” by Guy Delva
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060217/wl_nm/haiti_election_fraud_dc_1 or, www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14170#14170 )

HLLN continues to urge for an independent investigation of the ballot fraud in Haiti, in particular, an investigation of MINUSTHA’s role with reference to the burnt ballots and missing ballots, OAS role in supervising these elections, its award of election contracts, accountability, especially the fact that Haiti Democracy Project’s Reginald Boulos, controlled the PRINTING of the ballots. (See also, Haiti’s election crisis was made in Washington: No Deal Elected Rene Preval, the People of Haiti Elected Rene Preval … www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14151#14151 )

This would certainly explains why Jim Morrell of Haiti Democracy Project is urging that all the blank ballots that one of their founder’s printed, BE COUNTED!!!

Afterall, it’s not inconceivable that R. Boulos of Haiti Democracy Project, probably with the help of former Haiti Democracy Project board member and now interim US Ambassador, Timothy Carney, could have used their influences to make sure Reginal Boulos, who doesn’t even own a printing company in Haiti and had to subcontract this work to a firm in the Dominican Republic, was awarded the $2 MILLION dollar printing contract from the OAS for printing the ballots. In view of all the documented fraud in the Feb. 7, 2006 Haiti elections, as even expressed by three members of the CEP itself, and the fact that no member of Lavalas or L’espwa party were part of the CEP membership, who is to say, more blank ballots were not being printed by HDP’s Boulos and secretly being delivered to their Group 184/CEP cohorts at the Port-au-Prince tabulation center, to dilute the people’s vote, decrease Preval percentages and compel a second round?

Especially since Reginal Boulos of HDP, also head of Haitian Chamber of Commerce, who got the $2million contract to print the ballots actually was patently unqualified to win said contract. He had no printing press business in Haiti, and had to subcontracted his contract to some firm in the Dominican Republic, to the grave consternation of the Haitian businesses in the Chamber of Commerce who were qualified and had Haitian printing facilities in Haiti. Why did the OAS award this contract to an unqualified Reginald Boulos? How could the OAS see this as an arms-lenght and un-biased deal, entered into in good faith? Did this contract to print ballots, given to Group 184 and one of HDP’s founders, Reginald Boulos, clearly defined performance measures, service standards and associated penalties… If so, when will the people of Haiti be provided with these important business records and details and of how many ballots were printed? Were all the ballots used in these elections printed before election day, Feb. 7, 2006? If no, why? Who at the OAS or within the international community organizations paternistically running these elections for Haiti through the unelected Boca Raton regime, had supervisory authority over this printing contract and the botched fingerprinting and national voter registration card contract?

On Feb. 16, the day the Preval’s win was confirmed by the CEP, HLLN demanded to know why the missing ballots, mostly showing votes for Rene Preval, which were miraculously found on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 that had been “hidden” for nine (9) days were not simply COUNTED and Preval, declared the winner. It’s obvious just looking at the charred ballots at the Thutier garbage dump that Preval won outright by more than (50% plus 1) a majority plus one vote.

According to AHP these missing ballots came “notably from polling centers that were operating at the Sainte Trinité School, the Carrefour-Feuilles High School, and in the 3rd communal section of Abricots in the Southwest of the country.” (See , www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14151#14151) The Haitian voters from Carrefour-Feuilles and Abricots have a LEGAL right, for their votes, to be counted. For, despite maneuvers to the contrary, their ballots and tally sheets still reached the CEP before the decision to pro-rate the blank ballots was made public and Preval declared winner. There was time for their ballots to be counted. There still is, as the official results have yet to be published in detail by the CEP as required by law.

The $66 million dollar question is: Why did the international community and the coup d’etat CEP choose only the pro-rata treatment of the blank ballots when there were also missing ballots that were IN FRONT of the CEP still to be tallied that would also have correctly reflected Rene Preval as the undisputed winner of these elections?

Maybe those whose monies are invested in the elections have more to lose by having the causes and tricks revealed.

Could it be the traditional rapacious elite, Haiti Democracy Project, IRI, McCain and Timonthy M Carney, needed to create a way to minimize the people’s mandate to Preval, so they can block the development of democracy and justice in Haiti for the next five years with talk about Preval’s “contested election” just as they did with the 2000 Parliamentary elections? Same old song. Except who shall swallow their hype twice in a lifetime, other than the gullible and remaining restavek (embedded) mainstream press?

Ezili Danto
Feb. 19, 2006

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