Time running out to avoid new Haiti poll delay – Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

December 30, 2015
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AFP

December 30, 2015, 12:38 pm

Time running out to avoid new Haiti poll delay

Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti’s independent electoral commission was running out of time on Tuesday to study polling returns from October’s first round of presidential elections, threatening to further delay the process.

In theory, the newly formed agency has until Wednesday to re-examine the first round of voting, which the opposition alleges was marred by widespread fraud, and to produce a report on the way forward.

The second round had been due to go ahead on Sunday but has already been delayed indefinitely, and opposition flagbearer Jude Celestin had refused to campaign until the ballot-rigging is investigated.

Haiti’s latest period of electoral limbo — polling has never gone smoothly in the western hemisphere’s poorest country — has been accompanied by rising tension in the streets and fears of unrest.

Rosny Desroches, spokesman for the independent electoral commission, said the commission had established a sample of 2,000 ballot tallies out of 13,000 local counts and was working to analyze them.

But he admitted that it would be difficult to complete the task by Wednesday as had been mandated by presidential decree.

“We’ll do what we can to prepare the report for December 30, but I won’t hide the fact that its an enormous challenge. We’re not specialists in electoral law,” he told AFP.

The commission was set up on December 22 to probe the result of October’s ballot, in which Celestin took 25.3 percent, coming in second to establishment candidate Jovenel Moise on 32.8 percent.

Moise has the backing of President Michel Martelly, who was constitutionally barred from running for re-election and his ruling party.

If, as appears inevitable, the commission is unable to make its report on Wednesday, the logjam will continue, perhaps threatening the planned February 7 handover from Martelly to his successor.

This would mirror the chaos that accompanied Martelly’s own election in 2010, after which he was unable to take power until May 2011 amid widespread protests and allegations of fraud.

Haiti emerged from a three-decade period of dictatorship under Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in 1986 but has struggled to build a stable democracy.

Already ravaged by corruption and gang warfare, in January 2010 Haiti’s economy was devastated by an earthquake that left more than 300,000 dead.

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COMMENT: HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

The recent elections were the best run since 1986. Of course there were some flaws, just as there are flaws in Canadian and American elections.
Jovenel Moise won the ballot and now the losers are trying to derail the process by focusing the Street Mob on society.

It is time to bury the violence of Aristide/Preval and give NEG BANNANN the opportunity to revive our nation. As an Agronome, from Haiti’s Traditional Society, he has the opportunity to create a grass roots situation, where none exists. He has the chance to revive our agriculture and save the ecology.

The other candidates offer nothing, other than chaos!

Give our children a chance!

Give the Nation a chance.

Give NEG BANNANN a chance to function effectively.

2 Responses to “ Time running out to avoid new Haiti poll delay – Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth ”

  1. please on December 30, 2015 at

    I’didn’t mean to disrespect your view haitian people deserve much,much, better than this, you can,t hide the truth…

  2. MICHAEL COLLINS on January 1, 2016 at

    Le Gouvernement prolonge de 72 heures le délai de la Commission

    Suite à une correspondance adressée au Chef de l’État par la Commission d’Évaluation Électorale Indépendante sur l’impossibilité de remettre son rapport à la date prévue par l’Arrêté devant « l’ampleur du travail qui reste à abattre », le Président Martelly a accordé par Arrêté présidentielle, le délai de 72 heures supplémentaires demandé par la Commission pour remettre son rapport.

    Texte de l’Arrêté :

    « Vu les articles 136 de la Constitution ;

    Vu l’Arrêté du Président de la République en date du 22 décembre 2015 formant la Commission d’Évaluation Électorale Indépendante, et fixant au 30 décembre 2015 la date de présentation de son rapport aux instances compétentes de l’État aux fins utiles ;

    Vu la lettre du 30 décembre 2015 adressée au Président de la République par ladite Commission sollicitant une prorogation de soixante douze heures du délai de présentation de son rapport ;

    Vu que les opérations planifiées dans le cadre de son travail se sont révélées plus longues que prévues ;

    Considérant qu’il y a lieu de faire droit à la demande produite par ladite Commission d’Évaluation Électorale Indépendante;

    ARRÊTE

    Article 1.- Un nouveau délai de 72 heures, à compter du 30 décembre 2015, est accordé à la Commission d’Évaluation Électorale Indépendante, créée par Arrêté en date du 22 décembre 2015, pour la soumission de son rapport au Président de la République qui se chargera de le transmettre tant au Gouvernement, au Conseil Électorale Provisoire qu’aux deux candidats pour les suites appropriées.

    Article 2.- Le présent arrêté sera imprimé, publié et exécuté aux fins de droit.

    Donné au Palais National, à Port-au-Prince, le 31 décembre 2015 ; An 2l2 de l’Indépendance.

    Par le Président : Michel Joseph Martelly »