Haiti – Elections : 12 senators give their wages
The majority group to the Senate composed of 12 senators : Nenel Cassy, Evallière Beauplan, Ricard Pierre, Francisco Delacruz, François Luca Sainvil, Stevens Iverson Benoît, Francenet Denius, Jean Baptiste Bien Aimé, Westner Polycarpe, Fritz Carlos Lebon, Ronald Larèche and Antonio Cheramy, indicates in a correspondence that following the precariousness of State revenues to help achieve the next elections, they decided to give 2 months of their salary.
Extract of the correspondence :
“[…] In order to remedy this situation, we have decided the following:
1. The donation of our salaries for the month of August and September 2016 except of operating fees as our participation in the realization of the next elections to elect a legitimate president on 7 February 2017 to fill vacancies to the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies;
2. To inform the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Yves Romain Bastien, for the realization of this approach […]”
One can legitimately question the motivation of such a gesture that clearly wants more political (finding a positive image) than altruistic (selfless).
The reality in figures :
Recall that each senator receives a monthly budget of just over 10,000 US dollars, which included his salary (and not a salary of $10,000). To learn more, please read the exclusive article that we published in 2011, which revealed in broad daylight the details of that budget kept confidential http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-3421-haiti-politic-exclusive-edwin-zenny-gives-all-the-details-on-the-$10-000.html It appears that the emoluments in question represent around 2,000 dollars a month by senators or for two months and the 12 senators +/- a total of 48,000 dollars…
For those who see this contribution an effort for the financing of elections, know that this amount represents less than 67% of $72,000 paid to 9 CEP electoral advisers for 2 months (budget of 240,000 gourdes paid monthly to each adviser, amount adjusted in October 2015) or again, this donation of $48,000 only cover the salary of +/- 4 judges of BCEN to the upcoming electoral disputes…
Recall that the Senators had to react after the donation from wages of majority deputies to a hospital, who benefited by this gesture of positive impact on their image.