It is a political meltdown. The election system has failed. Twelve of the 19 Haitian Presidential candidates, even several candidates who have a shot at winning, are urging that the results be nullified.
Haiti's Sunday general election was a logistical disaster, toss in suspected fraud, and the always present culture of corruption, and it is no wonder that the populace is disgruntled and will be suspicious of the election results when announced December 6th.
Registered voters could not get their voter cards. Many at the polls could not find their names on the election rolls. Polling locations opened late and some were terrorized by marauding thugs.
This is the process that is supposed to produce a President that will lead the earthquake ravaged, cholera plagued, rampantly corrupt nation out of the cloud of misery that shrouds the star crossed nation. Millions of dollars are in wait to be put to work rebuilding the country, but as the Associated Press reports: "Most of that money is contingent on the Haitian government being certified as a good, stable and non-corrupt partner."
Sunday's vote did not shore up any thought of stability.
The large Haitian-American population that lives in South Florida is saddened but not surprised.
Speaking about his relatives back home Wesley St. Martin says, "they do not know which direction to go, with the fraud and everything, they do not know who to trust, they do not know if they, the candidates, are for the people or for themselves."
The Haitian Government's Electoral Council says the election has gone well, admitting a few glitches, but there is likely unrest on the horizon if government backed candidate Jude Celestin makes his way to a runoff or wins outright. Haitians in South Florida are ready to say, 'the fix was in."
"It is sad, it is sad," says Haitian-American Eugene Samuel. The people want Democracy to work down there, that's what they want, vote for someone they want, but it looks like those guys do not want that to be happening."
The local Haitian-Americans say they know the deal.
"That's sad for the election," said Gerald Fabier. "The President Preval, you know, messed up all those things." It is widely believed among South Florida Haitians that the Preval government and establishment backers want to make sure control of the country does not change and Celestin is their man.
With a sigh, Eugene Samuel sums up his feelings. Speaking of the the current government, "this guy is giving money to vote for them, the one Mr. Preval wants to put into power."