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Haiti - Politic : Strong reactions after the establishment of the CEP
17/08/2012 13:35:35

Haiti - Politic : Strong reactions after the establishment of the CEP
The decision of the Head of State to establish the Electoral Council with 6 members, pending the appointment by the Parliament of 3 representatives of the Legislature, causes many reactions.

For Paul Evans, the leader of the Konvasyon Inite Demokratik (KID) "By signing the order appointing officially the first six members of the Permanent Electoral Council, without the 3 representatives of Parliament, the President Martelly is plunging the country into a crisis [...] I feared that he create a Personal or Presidential Electoral Council, I note that he chose to make Electoral Council Personified..."

Sauveur Pierre Étienne, the Coordinator of the Organization of People in Struggle (OPL), expressed concern about how the Executive has made the establishment of the Permanent Electoral Council, describing this approach, of anti democratic in the absence of representatives of Parliament.

Rosny Desroches, Executive Director of the Civil Society Initiative (ISC) qualifies of "serious error" the decision of the Executive to form the CEP without the representatives of Parliament and expressed concern, that this decision, plunging the country into a new crisis. According to Mr. Desroches, the President Martelly should not have taken this decision because of the contested appointment of 3 representatives of the Superior Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) "It is important that Parliament be represented, in this sense a dialogue is needed between the different political actors to reach a solution in the interest of the country."

The organizations of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH) are dismayed of the establishment of of Permanent Electoral Council with only 6 representatives, despite the controversy caused by the appointment of 3 representatives of CSPJ. These organizations believe that the new electoral institution established with illegitimate members, can only be subordinate to the Executive. They require of the President Martelly to repeal the decree appointing the members of CEP, by respect and for the proper functioning of state institutions whose he is the guarantor [Article 136 of the Constitution].

Meanwhile, the battle of numbers to try to prove who is right or who wrong rages. Ralph Théano, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of relations with Parliament, said that 70 deputies and at least 14 senators are in favor of the establishment of the Permanent Electoral Council, while at the same time, the Deputy Lesly Guirand, states that 56 deputies f the lower house and more than a dozen in the Senate are for the idea of ​​the formation of a Provisional Electoral Council...

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