Haiti - Elections : René Préval very annoyed by the report of the OAS
"The president has a number of reservations on the methodology the members of the (OAS) commission used to get to their conclusions," said a senior government official under the cover of anonymity. The OAS report involves the preliminary results of the first round and points clearly irregularities and recommends the exclusion of the government candidate, Jude Célestin of the second round in favor of the candidate Michel Martelly [3rd position].
About the report, President Préval think it could create political tensions and uncertainty following the first anniversary the earthquake. In addition, he expresses reservations about the fact that six of the seven members of the OAS team from the United States, Canada and France, which had raised early public objections at the time of publication of preliminary results of the first round [the seventh member of the team comes from Jamaica]. A reserve for the least surprising, knowing that even before the OAS mission began its work, President Préval already had this information and could then challenge the provenance of these experts, what he obviously did not do.
It's not clear at this step, whether Preval would "reject" the report's recommendation or he will seek to discuss of his reservations with the OAS experts.
In a meeting on Thursday with Colin Granderson, head of a joint OAS/Caribbean Community mission that observed the elections, Preval also expressed anger at the fact that the report by the seven OAS electoral experts had been leaked on Monday to a U.S. media organization, the official said.
At a meeting held today, with Colin Granderson, head of the joint mission of OAS and CARICOM, President Préval has also expressed his anger at the fact that the report of the OAS experts had been disclosed in the media, has reported the same source.
At the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the Councillor Ginette Cherubin has indicated that she and her colleagues had not yet received this report, but prepare to consider the recommendations before announcing the final results of the first round. "The experts who prepared this the report are skilled professionals, technicians of high level who have analyzed the tabulation process and had to argue their recommendations. Their opinions will necessarily count."
"This is in any case, the Provisional Electoral Council that must assess the report of the mission, compare it with the work of the technicians of the tabulation center and decide what action to give, before the publication of final results for the first round" she precised. Ginette Cherubin has assured Thursday that "the CEP will consider the recommendations of the OAS experts" within the framework of the publication of the final results of presidential elections of November 28 and that "only the CEP is authorized to proclaim"
Didier Le Bret, Ambassador of France in Haiti, said that "it is important that the recommendations of the report be followed by action". That would be "a shame if after requesting a mission and defined its terms of reference, we choose later to withdraw its confidence" The expert mission, said the diplomat "has been requested by the Haitian authorities and its recommendations should be non-partisan."
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