PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) had its fifth member in two weeks withdraw from participation. On Saturday it was announced that Pierre Manigat Junior would be resigning, effectively bringing the council from nine members to four ahead of a controversial January 24, 2016 vote.
According to sources, the news was given to Le Nouvelliste by the president of the National Association of Haitian Media, Herold Jean Francois.
As the representative of the press, Pierre Manigat Jr. joined the CEP as one of its more credible personalities. News of his resignation comes as the CEP of Pierre Louis Opont is planning to organize a controversial January 24, 2016 election.
Manigat Jr. has avoided implication in allegations of fraud, but was beginning to be widely criticized for continuing to be a part of an electoral process deemed corrupt and fraudulent.
Manigat Jr. joins Ricardo Augustin, Vijonet Demero as electoral councilors who have formally resigned in the past week. Councilors Jacceus Joseph and Yolette Mengual have announced they would not be participating in CEP functions.