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Haiti - Elections : Big maneuvering of INITE to the legislative elections ?
22/04/2011 13:39:20

Haiti - Elections : Big maneuvering of INITE to the legislative elections ?
According to final results of legislative elections proclaimed in the night between Wednesday and Thursday by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the decisions have allowed to the ruling party, INITE, to grab a dozen additional seats of deputies to the Parliament. The governing party now holds 46 seats out of 99 in the Chamber of Deputies and 17 Senate seats, which puts him in a strong position against the elected President. "We are in a position to impose a Prime Minister" warned Sen. Joseph Lambert, National Coordinator of the presidential party, still threatening... The publication of these results were followed by violent incidents in province, leaving at least one dead.

The international community is surprised by the difference between the preliminary results and those released yesterday, said Thursday an observer familiar with the matter. The results of 18 constituencies for the deputies have been inverted compared to the provisional results in favor of the ruling party. European diplomatic sources concordant have asserted that the party INITE of outgoing President René Préval had exerted considerable pressure to change in its favor the outcome of the Haitian elections and increasing its representation in Parliament. "There is no photo, there was a lot of pressure on the CEP [...] We can imagine that this was the last battle of INITE to limit the damage and forcing Michel Martelly to compose" while stressing that with 67.5% of the vote, the former singer is protected by the strong support of voters. The results of these constituencies have been inverted in order to keep grip on Mr. Martelly considers another diplomatic source. For this European diplomat, this is unfortunate because we could have something much cleaner.

Since the announcement of final results, politicians from the opposition and foreign observers accuse the party of Préval of fraud. All emphasize the surprising differences between the preliminary results of two weeks ago and the those published in final, many voices have denounced on local radio this fraud. Serge Gilles, the leader of the Alternative platform in particular spoke of "political assassination carried out by anti-nationals to plunge Haiti into chaos" and denounced the case of a candidate INITE came second, with 15,000 votes behind, at the preliminary results, which was finally designated as the winner during the official results. At the general surprise the candidate Francisco Delacruz (Alternative), come first according to preliminary results for the Senate in the Centre, lost his seat at at the detriment of François Bazelais (INITE).

Arnel Belizaire, the elected deputy for the constituency of Delmas/Tabarre has accused the CEP of having committed fraud in favor of the platform INITE and asserts that the electoral advisers should be judged, for having, according to him, steal the votes of citizens.

Michel Martelly strongly reacts to the fraud in his speech to the Nation "The outcome of the presidential election is what the people voted, but for the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the vote of the people does not seem to have been respected [...] There are at least 17 ​​members who were in first place [...] 17 deputies who had to be elected and which have not been elected. This is not supposed to be done in a country that built its democracy. Quickly, we want an independent audit to verify that the vote of the people was respected. President Preval is solely responsible for the proper functioning of all institutions of the country and I hope that he will not publish these results without the independent verification that we ask." https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2788-haiti-politic-message-of-president-michel-martelly-to-the-haitian-nation.html

The OAS-CARICOM Joint Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) goes in the same direction and questions "the JEOM is awaiting the posting of the decisions taken by the CEP following the hearings and deliberations of the National Electoral Complaints and Challenges Bureau (BCEN) in order to understand the reasons which led to the reversing of eighteen positions posted during the preliminary results [...] without knowing the content of the decisions taken by that body [...] the Joint Mission can only question whether the eighteen changes in position announced during the proclamation of the final results in fact express the will of the voters in those constituencies" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2789-haiti-elections-the-jeom-wonders-about-the-changes-in-position-of-18-candidates.html

The Deputy Levaillant Louis Jeune, board member of the platform INITE, reiterated Thursday his desire to cooperate with President Michel Joseph Martelly, ensuring that its platform "was not going to constitute itself in opposition against President Martelly". However, the MP clarified, that this does not mean that INITE will give "carte blanche" to the new Head of State, affirming that his organization would help the President Martelly to achieve his campaign promises "It is important that all elected work together to improve the living conditions of the population"

For his part, Lucas Sainvil, Senator elected North West (INITE) has indicated that the results published on Wednesday, reflected the reality. "This is a legitimate victory," adding that the candidates of the party and their lawyers had successfully defended their interests at BCEN, under the Electoral Law, trivializing the popular trend to demonize the candidates INITE.

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