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Haiti - Politic : The Chamber of Deputies voted the electoral law
02/04/2014 09:53:07

Haiti - Politic : The Chamber of Deputies voted the electoral law
24 hours after the transmission to both Houses by the Executive, of the Draft amendment of the Electoral Act 2013 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10839-haiti-politic-president-martelly-transmitted-to-parliament-the-draft-amendment-of-the-electoral-law.html the Chamber of Deputies voted unanimously Tuesday evening, the amendment of the electoral law, as required in the agreement El Rancho. (ref. Article 8 and Article 12 of the Agreement)

However, several changes were made to the electoral law by the Deputies among the most significant include :

Thus, Article 57.1 of the Electoral Act 2013 which stated "The agents who were appointed on an interim basis in elected position can not participate in the next elections. was amended to provide an opportunity for municipal interim executive agents, to participate in the forthcoming municipal, provided they resign within a maximum period of 15 days after the date of publication of the amended electoral law.

Article 58 which stated "The Municipal Council is composed of three (3) members, one (1) Mayor and two (2) Deputy Mayors. The cartel comprises at least one woman," has been modified and now removes the requirement of compliance with 30% of women in the cartels for elective positions.

The deputies also amended Article 90 paragraph m) which required for a candidate "The five (5) recent proof of payment of tax charges, each certificate to be admissible, must establish that the tax has been paid during the fiscal year concerned;" relaxing this mandatory provision requiring only that the candidate is in good standing with the tax authorities...

Finally, the mandate of the Provisional Electoral Council has been conditioned to the elections to be held during the year. In case of failure, the provisions provide for the removal of the CEP.

Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, President of the Lower House declared starting Tuesday the permanence of the session in order to exhaust the agenda that includes, among others the ratification of draft laws prioritized by the Executive.

Now it is the turn of the Senate to ratify in the same terms the draft electoral law amended, an upper chamber where unanimity like the quorum is far from certain...

Download the text of the electoral law 2013 before amendment (PDF) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/191491343-Le-Moniteur-229-Du-Mardi-10-Decembre-2013-Avec-La-Loi-Electorale.pdf

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