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#2325: Voters' Registration & Participation in March Elections (fwd)
From: Max Blanchet <MaxBlanchet@worldnet.att.net>
Shortly before registration started, I ventured
the prediction that given half a chance, Haitians
would go in a big way for the free ID card.
In my perspective, this would be a way for Haitians
of affirming their sense of citizenship, of belonging.
"Al pran kat" has always been an important thing
with Haitians. Most people abstain from doing so
because of the relatively high cost of the regular ID
issued by the Contribution. Only about 600,000 Haitians
And I raised the question as to whether this means
that people would vote, given the fiasco of the April
97 elections. The jury is still out on that one!
Though, if one is to believe the results of the survey
by ECOSOF -- questioned by some because ECOSOF
sat on them for so long -- people will also vote in large
As for voting for "kandida kolangèt maman w"
expressed by some queried by Nina, I think it
expresses these potential voters' contempt for the
candidates and the process. I believe that is how
Nina -- who speaks kreyòl very well -- interpreted
their response and I believe she is correct.
But let us wait and see how people will actually vote!
P.S. "kolangèt maman w" said to someone is a grave
insult. It refers to that someone's mother's most intimate
part. It therefore implies that she is a slut and that
therefore the target of the insult is the son or daughter
of a bitch!