PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The results published by the CEP do not correspond with the reality of the ballot box,” said Electoral Councilor, Jacceus Joseph, in an interview where he explained not being among the list of signatures on election results.
Joseph, a member of the Gonaïves Bar Association, said “there was fraud in the electoral process” and his visit to the Vote Tabulation Center (CTV), as part of a National Office of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) tribunal, allowed him to uncover the evidence.
The councilor chosen by human rights organizations said “the ruling by the BCEN confirmed there was fraud in the process.” The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), being presided by Pierre Louis Opont, should have opened up a larger investigation into the tabulation process. An investigation would make the process credible, he added.
On November 16, 2015, judges allowed political parties and observers to randomly choose 78 tally sheets from the more than 13,000. After review, all were found to have included fraud or irregularities.
26 tally sheets were excluded outright. The other 52 had votes cancelled from their count. The ruling party candidate lost the most votes. Jovenel Moïse of PHTK, saw his preliminary count drop 3,000 votes. Jude Celestin, which came in second, lost 1,200. All but a handful of the 54 presidential candidates lost votes.