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Haiti - FLASH : Grouped resignation of 8 remaining members of the CEP
25/07/2020 10:33:15

Haiti - FLASH : Grouped resignation of 8 remaining members of the CEP
While the President of the Republic is heading for the next elections (municipal, legislative and presidential) and that a correspondence has been sent to the 9 sectors of civil society that make up the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to ask them to confirm or to appoint another representative within the CEP, the 8 representatives who are members of the Provisional Electoral Council handed over a collective resignation letter to the Head of State on Friday. Recall that the 9th member of the CEP, Jean Simon Saint-Hubert, Representative of the human rights sector had already resigned on July 3 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31198-haiti-news-zapping.html

Letter of resignation from CEP members :
"Pétion-ville, July 24, 2020

His excellence
Mr. Jovenel Moïse
President of the Republic
National Palace.-

Mr. President of the Republic

With a view to achieving institutional normalization, the Executive Power has clearly expressed its decision to proceed with a change of the Constitution and to start the electoral process without delay.

Faced with the responsibilities incumbent upon it, the Provisional Electoral Council has the honor to draw your attention to the following :

Today our country is facing a serious political and institutional crisis, leading to serious consequences at the economic, social and security levels. While recognizing the urgency of normalization, it seems essential to us to prioritize the dialogue between the main actors of power, of the opposition and of civil society in order to reach an appropriate consensus. This inevitable step is a necessary step to achieve a viable solution capable of curbing the current crisis. It is also a prerequisite for the reliability and success of an inclusive electoral process. (Ref : correspondence from the CEP to the Presidency dated April 3, 2019).

In order to facilitate this development, the undersigned, Members of the Provisional Electoral Council, have voluntarily decided to submit their resignation to you, which will take full effect on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Léopold Berlanger, President [Press Sector Representative]
Carlos Hercule, Vice-president [Representative Episcopal Conference of Haiti]
Marie Frantz Joachim, Secretary General [Women's sector representative]
Frinel Joseph, Treasurer [Reformed Cults representative]
Josette Jean Dorcély, Advisor [Union sector representative]
Kenson Polynice, Advisor [Farmer / Voodoo sector representative]
Lucien Jean Bernard, Advisor [University sector representative]
Marie-Hérolle Michel, Advisor [Employer Sector Representative]. "

But if this approach aims to facilitate dialogue and the achievement of a consensus, it is the success of the approach that is far from certain, especially as a dozen political parties and organizations of the opposition including Fanmi Lavalas signed a joint document where they speaks out against elections with the government in place, still demanding the resignation of President Moïse and the establishment of a Government of public safety no later than February 7, 2021 ...

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