Haitians have 4G network, high speed internet, luxury cars, luxury houses, they are moving towards Numeric TV, Latest banking options such as online banking and wire transfers, high tech at different levels for those who can afford it…and when you ask VOTE FOR THE DIASPORA and adequate planning for EVOTE (voting online) because that’s the future…some folks come up with argument that Haiti is too far far behind to be thinking about such modernization. I’m shocked because we choose to be selective, especially when it comes to make things happen for a better Haiti. We cannot always choose double standards…To fight corruption and to talk about change is to send CLEAR messages that we are willing to do things differently. As long as the Diaspora is not fully involved Haiti won’t make it too far. Simply because that Haitian diaspora is Haiti’s middle class and the diaspora only has the qualifications needed to get some things done. Unless of course, we are willing to follow the NGO and some international institutions approach where so called Experts are highly overpaid for services that some professionals in the diaspora would be willing to offer without all the perks (such as Housing, cars and benefits) and probably for the same or less salary!
The vote of the Diaspora in the diaspora (not in Haiti) is just one of the benefit of the new constitutional amendment signed by President Michel J. Martelly last year!
If all Haitians are equal, then the diaspora needs to be able to vote as well.
The excuses that I hear and read so far are just lame and they show the unwillingness of those players who have used to diaspora to advance their agenda in the past!
Of course the diaspora is not a homogeneous group, but we do have common interests and we all love Haiti.
My friends blocking the diaspora is just a wasteful strategy because it’s a matter of time before the diaspora obtains and enjoys its hard earned rights to vote and to participate in the reconstruction and/or Transformation of Haiti.
AYITI SE POU TOUT AYISYEN!
Four to Five Millions of Haitians live abroad, chiefly in North America: the Dominican Republic, United States, Cuba, Mexico (mainly in Mexico City and Cancun), Canada (primarily Montreal) and Bahamas. They also live in other countries likeFrance, French Antilles, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, and French Guiana.
Annually, the Haitian diaspora sends home between US $1.5-$1.8 billion in official flows, about one-third of Haiti’s GDP. This billion-dollar figure excludes the total cost of goods shipped home, annually, by barrels and boxes (a bang-up business in immigrant communities in New York City, Miami and Boston), as well as cash transfers that were not wired nor declared upon entering the country.
***For those who are against VOTING ONLINE in the United States or abroad and who are trying to be creative by focusing on SECURITY CONCERNS all I have to say is that if we don’t have security concerns when we are using online banking from our PC and smartphones, if governments can launch a destructive missile just by the push of a button from a laptop from anywhere, why should we worry about EVOTE?
To learn more about success stories relating to Evote, I can take Countries like Estonia and Canada as very good examples.
Also, for the Countries who are so used to FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS, I have some good news: FRAUDS ONLINE are more precarious simply because it is easier for IT experts to locate the manipulations and all log ins… And we can always design a system where nothing can be deleted. So if someone has any funny ideas, they should be ready for the consequences because it won’t go unnoticed!
Welcome to the new world where perfection matters!
Better Haitians=Better Haiti!
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