PHTK & ANTONIO SOLA Polling Conspiracy Theory Goes Mainstream
Before selection get made in Haiti by the US and even before most corrupt Haitians politicians open their mouths about key utopic issues there are polls and fake polls. Lots of them. Whether splashed across front pages or commissioned by candidates for private analysis, the statistical sampling of public opinion is a constant in political life.
We may believe that polls tell us what Haitians are thinking. But polls also gauge the effectiveness of media spin and contribute to it. Opinion polls don’t just measure; they also manipulate, helping to shape thoughts and tilting our perceptions of how most people think.
The recent elections in Haiti were marred by manipulation of the votes. Allegations from some members of the PHTK party who are not happy with President Martelly indicate that the campaign chief, Antonio sola received 3.5 million of tax payer money to sway the election in favor of President Martelly’s party PHTK. This is not unexpected news.
Everyone in haiti is aware that the PHTK party were lagging in votes and were far behind every other political party and yet when the results came out, they had won so it was obvious that manipulation of votes had taken place-this is nothing new with Martelly and his gang- they lead the country in looting, embezzlement and bribery. To support these allegations, almost every opposition party is aware of voter manipulation and threats made by the PHTK party.
So far President Martelly has declined to make any statement and with no transparency in the system, it appears that Haitians will never know what happened.
The only fact is that the PHTK party was far behind in the polls and yet came out as winners- the only conclusion is that someone was paid to change the numbers. Time will tell what really happened but it appears that corruption is still thriving well in the government
So, as in countless other cases, the failures of Haiti news media to clearly convey pivotal matters of fact to the Haitian people and the unwillingness of journalists to challenge deceptive claims from those fake pollsters company boost the poll numbers for beliefs that lack a factual basis.
Polls may seem to provide clarity in a confusing world. But all too often they amount to snapshots taken from slanted angles.