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Haiti - Politic : The Senators propose the formation of a CET pending the CEP...
07/11/2012 11:26:16

Haiti - Politic : The Senators propose the formation of a CET pending the CEP...
Despite the absence of 8 senators, the President Martelly who had called for dialogue the members of the Senate, met Monday evening at Karibe, a dozen senators : Andris Riché, Dieuseul Simon Desras, Francisco Delacruz, François Lucas Saint-Vil, Fritz Carlos Lebon, Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, Jean Willy Jean-Baptiste, Jean William Jeanty, Jocelerme Privert, Mélius Hyppolite, Pierre Francky Exius and Steven Benoît, to attempt to find a solution to the conflict, blocking the Parliament, in the presence of Mgr. Pierre-André Dumas and Pastor Sylvain Exantus mediators of "Religions for Peace".

The Senator Andris Riché (OPL), presented to the Head of State the proposal for a Council Electoral Transitional (CET) [limited only to the organization of the senatorial elections and of local government elections], a formula that incorporates the essential of the "Council Electoral Conjunctural" presented by this same senator, during a meeting, on 4 September, with the Head of State and 17 Senators. Proposal that was rejected at the time among others, by the Senators William Jeanty, Steven Benoît, Anick Joseph and Jean Baptiste Bien Aimé.

It seems that Monday, this "new revised formula" has the support of senators who see in this CET, the opportunity to complete the Senate before to designate the representatives of the Legislative power in the Permanent Electoral Council...

The particularity [and only novelty] of this CET, lies in the designation, after agreement with the Executive on the process, of 3 representatives of the Legislative Power, from members of civil society [as it was case at the time of the Provisional Council]. To this end, according to this proposal, the representatives from the religious sector, Women's organizations, farmers' associations, socio-economic associations and the press, will have to designate each two representatives and the National Assembly will choose from this list, the 3 representatives of the legislative branch to sit on the Council Electoral Transitional... [as long as this approach have the support of two thirds of the lower house...]

The Senator Jeanty, who has always opposed to a Permanent Electoral Council, visibly satisfied, believes that an important step has been made in the resolution of the crisis and noted that under this new proposal, after the elections, the Power Executive and the Judiciary, will have to confirm their representatives to the Permanent Electoral Council...

Note that the introduction of the concept of "confirmation", would clearly allow to the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) to install its three new representatives, by not confirming those already installed... However, one can question of the constitutionality of a CET constituted to two-thirds of members currently appointed through a Permanent Council [Executive and Judiciary], and the last third represented by the civil Society, on the same basis as the former Provisional Electoral Council...

The Senator Francky Exius explained that the proposal intended respecting the choices already made by the Executive and the CSPJ, however senators bring a nuance contradictory, suggesting that the members already appointed [to the Permanent Council] "are only there for an Electoral Council of Tansition but not for a Permanent Electoral Council"... [?]

The President Michel Martelly admits that it was a good discussion, took note of the proposal, but did not decide anything. The Head of State has announced the formation of a Monitoring Committee, in order to continue negotiations. He noted that "Religions for Peace has made proposals that we can accept," without providing details on what these proposals...

New working sessions are planned between the Presidency and the senators but always in the presence of mediators of "Religions for Peace".

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