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Haiti - Elections : The initiative of the CEP is far from unanimous
10/12/2010 12:57:01

Haiti - Elections : The initiative of the CEP is far from unanimous
Thousands of protesters from across the capital have gone up the city to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), to protest against the results that place Mirlande Manigat (31.37%) and Jude Célestin (22.48%), candidate of the power in place, at the second round. Most of them were supporters of the candidate Michel Martelly (21.84%) came third with only 0.64% difference with Celestine. Similar protests took place through the country.

Under pressure from protesters, the CEP announced in its statement #59 "that in current circumstances, and given the extreme urgency, decided to immediately initiate a procedure exceptional of Verification of the Minutes at the Tabulation Center relating to Presidential 2010. This mechanism covers the first three candidates [...] The process will be performed in the presence of a Joint Commission composed of the CEP, the candidates involved, domestic and international observers and partners of the International Community".

The candidates occupying the two first place, Mirlande Manigat and Jude Célestin would support the decision of CEP, Michel Martelly would not yet decided on the invitation.

Sen. Joseph Lambert, National Coordinator of INITE, said that INITE is willing to participate in the verification commission, which is a way to defend their rights, because, he says, "some elements prove that INITE obtained 52% of the votes"..

The initiative of the CEP is rejected by the group of 12 candidates (group Karibe) which claiming the outright cancellation of elections. They say they do not understand on what basis the CEP has decided to invite only three candidates.

The candidates Jean Henri Céant (8.18%), Charles Henri Baker (2.38%) et Garaudy Laguerre (0.26%) have declared that members of the CEP are incompetent people who do not know what they do. Mr. Céant calls for the arrest of the councillors for inciting at the violence.

Former Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis (3.07%), presidential candidate, believes that the approach of the CEP is a proof of "incompetence" and irresponsibility".

The National Election Observation Council (CNO), not yet formally contacted by the CEP, calls "a deeper analysis of the post-election situation in the sense of a general evaluation of the whole process [...] we welcome the proposal of the CEP for a recount, however, should not limit this mechanism at only 3 of the top candidates in the presidential election" indicated Noel Laguerre, director of CNO.

For its part, the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH) rejects the proposal of the CEP for the formation of a multiparty commission to audit minutes for only three presidential candidates

"We will not take part in a verification process, for which we have no control" said Pierre Espérance, executive director of RNDDH "There was a possibility of manipulation of votes, even before arrival to the tabulation step and also at the tabulation [...] we have no way to realizing what happened exactly. The proposed solution is demagogic".

Recognizing this, RNDDH, calls to suspend the publication of results and to reorganize the vote, wherever irregularities were recorded, and so produce partial results before considering a second round of voting.

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