PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – President Rene Preval on Wednesday rejected U.S. Senate proposals for upcoming elections in Haiti and said one of them could even sow “anarchy” in the earthquake-shattered Caribbean country.
Comment: Haiti’s tumultuous electoral history promises to be only more so in the wake of the seismic shift that took place on January 12. When I talk to many here they say the country is not ready for elections: people are tired, displaced, traumatized, lacking in trust and focused on other issues like food, water, shelter and survival.
We will be watching the electoral situation closely as the summer progresses given our intent to continue to serve the people in Haiti – election or not. And our new community/base is located in a political hotbed.
If anyone says elections will go on peacefully I will have to say that I’m a bit of a doubting Thomas: I will believe it when I see it. I guess that is somewhat appropriate since July 3 is the Apostle’s feast. In any case, let us hope there is no anarchy…