Haiti's election council held a press conference today as questions continue to mount about the legitimacy of the last parliamentary elections of August 9, 2015.
|Polling station destroyed by masked assailants in Rue Valliant, Port au Prince, Haiti.|
|Earlier in his career Haitian president "Sweet Mickey"/Michel Martelly|
dresses in military garb. Martelly is accused of trying to restore
a new version of the historically brutal Haitian military.
|Voters forced to squat over bricks stacked on the floor holding cardboard|
divider in Route de Freres polling station in the capital of Port au Prince.
|Key polling stations were attacked by masked assailants|
in the early morning hours and forced to close.
From: kevin pina <firstname.lastname@example.org>
At the closing of the polls it was reported that the sound of conch horns was heard in several neighborhoods of Port au Prince. The sound of the Caribbean native conch shell has long symbolized as a call for freedom in Haiti. It is well known as a call to arms for the maroons, communities of escaped slaves in the country's early history, who allied themselves with the forces that defeated Napoleon's armies, establishing Haiti as the world's first black republic. Tonight it is heard as the symbol of an anticipated victory for Aristide's Lavalas party and political rectification for Haitian majority politics put off track by the 1991 coup and the nullification of the results of the previous parliamentary elections. There are also reports that quiet, spontaneous celebrations have begun to break out in several neighborhoods of Port au Prince. At a small but growing gathering in the front yard of a small merchant, one celebrant stated, "We have tried one more time to make them understand that what we want is change. Lavalas and Aristide are our choice." She seemed convinced that if the elections were fair that Aristide's Lafamni Lavalas party will emerge victorious. ________________________________________________________________________
On May 21, 2000, the Haitian people once again played