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08/12/2016 10:38:05

Haiti - Elections : The BECD deliberates, awaiting verdict...
Wednesday, the Bureau of Electoral Litigation Department (BCED) was finally able to sit after the postponement of the hearings last Monday http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-19436-haiti-flash-failure-of-the-bced-what-are-the-demands-of-candidates.html

It was with great difficulty that the draw of the judges was carried out, the three complainants trying to the end to oppose it, although the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) agreed to respond to their request to draw the names of judges on the complete lists and not on a short list. After a suspension of the meeting, the BCED was composed of Judge Fritzner Duclair (Petit-Goâve), Demosthène Bazelais (member of the BED of the West) and Me Emmanuel Louicéus.

Famni Lavalas was the first case of the day. Maryse Narcisse's lawyers demanded of the court that all the minutes be compared to the lists of "émargement" by evoking irregularities. Jovenel Moïse's lawyers asked the court to give them all the documents filed in court by Famni Lavalas to contest the results. Affirming that there are no minutes that could serve as evidence for Maryse Narcisse's challenges, they asked the BCED to declare inadmissible the challenge of Famni Lavalas and the maintenance of the results of the presidential as published.

In the second case, lawyers of Moïse Jean-Charles denounced thousands of ballots in favor of Jovenel Moïse found in Cap-Haïtien and demanded a verification of the minutes and exclusion of the beneficiaries of the frauds. PHTK's lawyers have again asked the court to communicate the documents in the file submitted by the party Pitit Dessalin and found that no minutes or partial electoral list has been filed by the protesters to support their accusations or confirm that Moïse Jean-Charles had come in second position as he claims. In front of the empty file, they asked to declare the requests of Moïse Jean-Charles inadmissible.

In the third and final case, Jude Célestin's lawyers also demanded an in-depth verifications of the minutes, the count sheets, the authenticity of the CINs, the "émargement" lists etc... The lawyers of the PHTK have stressed to the electoral judges that they are not concerned by the act of referral of Jude Célestin which was addressed not to the BCED but to the president of the BED of the West 1 and asked to resend this correspondence to the BED concerned.

After hearing all three cases, the court announced that it was considering the matter within the statutory deadline (24 hours). If this deadline is respected, the BCED should therefore render its verdict this Thursday, December 8 or Friday...

Note that if the complainants do not accept the verdicts, they can still appeal to the Office of the National Electoral Litigation (BCEN), which in principle is the last resort...

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