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Senate Leader Blames Electoral Council for Uncertainty

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Senate President Ronald Larèche, Monday, said the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is responsible for the “uncertainty” surrounding the completion of the 2016 electoral process. His remarks came on the day candidates at the national disputes office were denied access to verify the November 20 vote.

Senator Lareche (Nord-est/Verite) said the decision by three of the nine electoral councilors, to not sign the preliminary results published November 28, for alleged violations to the Electoral Decree undertaken during tabulation has “cast a shadow on the truth of the ballot box.”

“These councilors had mentioned, among other things, the refusal of the chief executives of the board to encourage quality control of the tally sheets before they were registered,” said Mr. Lareche, “while rumors of bribes and corruption have circulated in parallel.” CEP VP Carlos Hercule denied the charges.

None the less, the senator is urging the electoral council to “be serious about managing the process to prevent it from derailing.” Lareche’s colleague, Senator Francenet Denius (Nippes/Verite), expressed similar concerns.

Senator Denius said he is concerned that the date of December 29, set for the publication of finalized results, will not be respect. Councilor Hercule invoked such a possibility on Wednesday after hearings at the Nation Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) broke down to improper formation of the tribunals. Mr. Denius said he finds it “important that the process follow its course following the respect of the Electoral Decree.”

It was finally on Monday, after a long delay on short time, that hearings resumed at the BCEN on both presidential and legislative contests that were held in November.

Complaints by the three parties disputing the presidential election results that earlier derailed the process appeared still unheard.

The parties demanded independent tribunals to hear each of the three cases but instead were met with one which would handle all three. This tribunal of five judges included Councilors Jean-Simon Saint-Hubert and Josette Dorcelly as well as lawyers Jacky Pierre, Agnes Joazeus and Joseph Briel Latice.

Attorneys for LAPEH, Pitit Dessalines and Fanmi Lavalas again were denied a process for auditing the returns from the elections. They are requesting that the same process that uncovered fraud and irregularities, proven to be orchestrated to the tune of 92% in 2015, should be undertaken.

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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.