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Haiti - Elections : Preliminary assessment of the authorities...
10/08/2015 11:25:04

Haiti - Elections : Preliminary assessment of the authorities...
Sunday evening, Pierre Louis Opont, the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) during a conference report [very brief...], indicated that acts of violence recorded, mainly concerned three departments, West, Artibonite and Centre; just under 4% of the voting centers have been affected by violence throughout the territory or 53 centers out of a total of 1,508.

West leads in this negative balance with 25 vandalized centers, follow with 16 in Artibonite, the center with 4 and 8 others at various locations "When we have everything in place to allow citizens to vote and that individuals came sack the voting center, the security aspect does not depend on us," said Pierre Louis Opont.

Concerning the premature closure of polling stations, for various reasons, he said that this concerned only 5% of the electorate or approximately 290,000 voters on 5.8 million (registered on the list). According to the CEP at 9:00 am, 98% of polling stations were installed and 92% of materials were available.

Regarding the attendance of voters, Mr. Opont indicated that in Port-au-Prince polling stations were not very crowded unlike those of the province, indicating that the CEP was not able to communicate to the moment, the participation rate of the first round of legislative elections.

He acknowledged that there had been many acts of violence on the whole territory and that it must take its responsibilities "We will take action against those who have made ballot stuffing, carried away and destroyed the equipment the State..." indicating that the CEP has also planned to correct his mistakes for the second part of the election.

According to the electoral calendar the preliminary results of the first round of parliamentary elections will be announced on 19 August. Publication will be followed by 3 days during which parties and candidates may file objections. After deliberation of the electoral courts, the final results will be published on 8 September. However Opont was careful to confirm compliance with the timetable given the uncertainties.

Finally Pierre Louis Opont announced for Friday, August 14, the holding of a meeting with all advisors to decide what will happen on where the vote could not be held.

For his part Prime Minister Paul Evans said Sunday evening, "I am neither happy nor angry but relieved after the voting day which for me is a success [...] the incidents that happened today will serve to the authorities for the second round of legislative and first round presidential run smoothly. Whenever it has been necessary, the CSPJ and the authorities concerned have moved the skilled resources to identify problems and provide a solution."

Commissioner Godson Orélus, Head of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) said "The police made seven large interventions during the day in Léogâne, Archaie, Bourdon, Mole Saint Nicolas, Kafouchal, Mirebalais and arrested 137 people. The police seized 23 weapons that were in the hands of citizens without permission. He confirmed officially the death of one person (provisional assessment) and that he had given the order to verify in the 10 departments to make a final assessment. Moreover 3 police officers were injured during the election day, without giving in this provisional report the number of injured citizens.

To be continued...

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