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Electoral council postpones Oct. 25 results to self-investigate fraud

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The Provisional Electoral Council of Pierre Louis Opont on Monday said it was “forced to postpone to Thursday, November 5, 2015, the publication of preliminary results of the presidential election of October 25, 2015.”

After establishing a committee, of the same electoral council themselves, on October 29, 2015 to investigate cases of fraud, the CEP said in a not that it received 162 complaints, 43 sent on the evening of Monday, November 2, 2015.

In its 87th press release, dated November 2, 2015, in Pétionville, and signed by all 9 members of the CEP, the institution says it will “grant CTV (Vote Tabulation Center) technicians time to verify all records and/or lists of offending by annotating upheld complaints as unfounded.”

No. 87 makes no mention of the intended date of publication of the preliminary results of the parliamentary and municipal elections, held simultaneously with the presidential election, Sunday, October 25, 2015.

The Fox Guarding the Hen House?

The CEP, itself, is being implicated in the multiple voting fraud alleged on October 25, 2015 and therefore will have a difficult time coming to any determination that doesn’t find massive fraud and disqualify those guilty, particularly, the ruling party PHTK.

Accreditation Cards

The CEP issued more than 900,000 accreditation cards, about 13,700 to dozens of political parties who did not request them, need them, or have means to use them.

Witnesses say there was a vast market for accreditation cards where the ruling party, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) and its allies purchased the lion’s share.

The CEP also, for no apparent reason, said party observers using accreditation cards could not wear t-shirts marking their role as an observer.

The combination of these two measures created a situation where individuals could vote multiple times at any and different voting centers on election day.

Mosler Georges and Borgne

Electoral councilor Mosler Georges is implicated in a case of missing ballots. On the eve of the October 25, 2015, elections, he released a communication of the CEP and claimed that bandits had stopped a vehicle carrying ballots, taken the ballots and burned them.

There were no injuries. The transporters of the ballots went into their homes. Proof that the ballots were in fact burned had never surfaced and journalists have been asking questions.

Nehemie Joseph’s resignation

Nehemie Joseph, former President of the Gonaives Bar Association, was regarded as the electoral councilor with the most integrity out of all electoral councils that had passed. For this reason, he had served in 3 councils before the current one led by Pierre Louis Opont.

On September 30, 2015, Joseph resigned from the electoral council saying that “to continue would be to continue in illegality.” He wrote in his resignation letters that his decision was “for the respect of all voters.”

Passivity towards PHTK and allies

Human rights organizations said during the campaign leading up to the August 9, 2015 elections, the ruling party and its ally, Bouclier, had led reports of violence.

The CEP, after removing only 14 candidates from the elections, issued a note that named PHTK and Bouclier as parties most guilty of election violence on August 9. An electoral councilor, Yolette Mengual, herself, said that Bouclier had ended the voting in the Grand Anse through violence. Still no action was taken.

State money in campaigning

Le Nouvelliste reported that the ruling party had schools in the metropolitan area notify parents of a teacher-parent meeting but then, upon their arrival, put them on school buses to attend a PHTK rally outside their will. This use of state resources was never addressed.

Many other scenes of state funds being used remained unaddressed also. PHTK candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, campaigned with motorcades of 60 plus state vehicles and dozens more police officers. The CEP took no action.

Much more has been alleged, some well founded.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.