PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – “The CEP has been committing abuse,” said former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Friday while speaking of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont’s plans to organize an election on January 24, 2016.
The longest-tenured head of the Haitian government was speaking in an interview with Radio Metropole.
In his declarations, Lamothe said “the country is a victim of this electoral process. The CEP has a lack of credibility and poses arbitrary actions without explanations.”
According to the former PM, both Jude Celestin and Jovenel Moïse are victims of the incompetence and complete lack of good management. It deserves noting that an overwhelming number of Haitians believe Jovenel Moïse, the ruling totalitarian regime’s candidate, benefited from massive fraud in the elections.
Lamothe decried the CEP during the summer of 2015 when it made decisions to disqualify candidates, including himself, from participating in the elections on baseless and inconsistent grounds that appeared political.
The CEP had disqualified Lamothe for having been a former minister and not obtaining a certificat d’charge which could have only been given by Parliament, which did not exist.
Though Lamothe was disqualified for this reason, several other candidates in his same position were allowed to participate, and justified by a departmental election tribunal. Ultimately after some protestation, the CEP decided to just disqualify all of them.
President Michel Martelly had said, during that time in an interview with Le Nouvelliste, that he personally made the decision to not have his PM and friend, Lamothe, participate in the elections.