“Starting May 14, Haiti will change. The state of law, like it or not, will become a reality. No person, no institution, will be above justice,” the popular former carnival singer told reporters in the capital on Thursday. He went on to say, “Haitian people,
It is hand in hand that since 2 months, we have begun a crusade with the Haitian people. A crusade for this country that we love, this country which is ours, change once for all.
It’s a whole people, who by coming together, has enforced its will, he went to vote en masse, to choose a new leader in the good manner, as stated in the Constitution.
It’s all a people who fought to reshuffle the cards and they have been reshuffled, as it should. The experience was not easy and all of us have continued to believe that the players have taken lessons… We believe that in life, anyone can make mistakes, but everybody can change.
We wanted to believe that Haiti would prevail, must prevail.
But unfortunately, the results of the legislative continues, until today, to disturb the people, and to disturb our souls. These legislative results are not consistent with the will of the people, to the vote of the people, they just bring trouble. They are annoying, what myself, as President-elect, I begin to undertake to change the image of the country.
These are all the efforts that I started to do since I am elected, during my travels abroad, during my initial contacts with international, with international institutions, with foreign investors who bring jobs, that come build factories, build hotels, which bring money into the country, that these Messieurs of the CEP want to break.
This is all the work that my team and me, have put in place to change the image of the country, so that the country ceases to seek assistance, so that the people ceases to suffer, being hungry, that the CEP wants to compromise.
The better life that the President research to alleviate the miseries of the people, a small team wants boycott it. As if the country was not their country, as if the suffering of the people were not their problem.
Once again, with the same patience, I ask to the CEP to correct his notebook.
Give the country a chance, it is necessary that the vote of the people be respected.
Until today, they did not hear this prayer;
Until today, they continues, to flout the law;
Until today, the rule of law that the people want, that the people demand, that the people expect, they do not want help us to establish it.
If the CEP wants to go into a modern Haiti, it would be nice.
But if the CEP wants to stay in the old system, it is its choice.
Justice will do its duty, because I said, I repeat, May 14, Haiti will change!
The rule of law, will become a reality.
There is nobody or no institution, which is above justice. I ask them to think about that, to reflect on that and to act according to their conscience, according to the love they have for our country. For the Haitian people, accept the change, accept the reality.
Thank you “
Martelly, who insisted the “rule of law will become a reality”, appeared to be referring to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and its refusal to annul the results of March 20 elections in several districts where there have been allegations of fraud.
In 19 districts, the outcome of the elections changed from the initial returns to the final count, each time favouring candidates close to outgoing president Rene Preval and his Unity Party.
An international expert mission from the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has demanded that the victories of the 19 ruling party candidates be annulled.
The lingering political bickering threatens to further hobble efforts to rebuild Haiti following a catastrophic earthquake in January 2010 that killed about 220 000 people and left about 1.5 million homeless.
Respect for people’s vote
“By insisting on preserving results that do not reflect the popular will, the CEP is trying to compromise all of my work to present the image of a stable country that is ready to welcome foreign investment, Martelly said.
“To avoid further problems, the CEP must respect the people’s vote.”
The supposedly definitive legislative results released last month showed Unity made gains in the Chamber of Deputies, taking 46 of the 99 positions, and gained an absolute majority in the upper Senate with 17 of the 30 seats.
The legislative results were greeted by outbreaks of violence in parts of Haiti that left at least one person dead.
Martelly’s fledgling Reypons Peysan party won only three parliamentary seats, and he will have to forge deals with Unity to enact reforms.