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President urges calm, restraint beyond the vote

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – President Jocelerme Privert continued to call for calm and restraint as the 2016 electoral cycle entered its next phase, the period between the vote and the release of official preliminary results.

On Sunday, President Privert held a press conference with Prime Minister Enex Jean Charles following the closure of polls. He urged people to keep their serenity and peace that they displayed during the vote and asked that candidate maintain the rules of the elections.

“… people who will win, will win, and those who will lose, will win through those who win. Because the real people who will win, when the final results are published, are not the candidates but the country, the Haitian people,” he said.

Privert understands it has become customary after the vote that candidates mobilize supporters, declare themselves winners and through demonstrations warn the nation that a result not in favor of their candidate will render the effect of terror in the streets.

“Because of the importance of elections, it is not for us government, it is not me, who is here for a few weeks, it is not for the candidates, it is the victory of the Haitian people. So I ask everyone to contribute to help the Haitian people to win this victory for once and for all, we left the political instability that is a major factor in which the country finds itself today. I tell you all thank you very much,” he said concluding the conference.

The Head of State did not rest on his laurels

President Jocelerme Privert, PM Enex Jean-Charles, meet with CSPN on post election order. November 21, 2016

Early Monday morning, President Privert and PM Jean-Charles held a meeting with the Superior Council of the National Police (CSPN). In this meeting, matters of post election order were on the table.

This special session was held in the presence of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Jocelerme Privert and his private Cabinet, and brought together the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mr. Camille Jr. Edouard, the Minister of Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Mr. Jacques Evelt Eveillard, the Secretary of State for Public Security, Mr. Himler Rébu, the Director General of PNH, Mr. Michel-Ange Gédéon, the Security Advisor to the President, Mr. Aramick Louis, and Mr. Garry Valdemar, Director General of Electricity of Haiti (Ed’H).

Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles held a meeting with the CSPN for a good assessment of the incidents that followed the end of the voting process and to avoid the recurrence of new unfortunate incidents Peril the gains of this crucial day for Haiti.

Consequently, instructions were given to the National Police of Haiti, so that light could be given as to the origin of the fire declared on the evening of the vote, in the market of Brothers, in order to establish its possible criminal causes. The DCPJ was instructed to also investigate the real causes that caused the disruptions on the distribution network of the Ed’H in the metropolitan area the department of the Center and the city of Gonaives.

The announcement of electoral results and demonstrations in favor of one or more day candidates likely to disturb public order constitute violations of the process in accordance with the Electoral Decree. Sections 197, 197.1 and 210 b of the said Act. Are, in this sense, very clear. The President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Jocelerme Privert, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Enex Jean-Charles, are calling on the Haitian population to calmly await the official publication of the results by the Provisional Electoral Council.

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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.