Haiti's interim leader to set up commission to investigate alleged election frauds

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Archives picture: (From left to right) Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, a soccer player of the national side, President Privert and Abel Nazaire, Minister for Youth and Sports,  (photo: Picasa)
Archives picture: (From left to right) Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, a soccer player of the national side, President Privert and Abel Nazaire, Minister for Youth and Sports,

 Port-au-Prince, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian interim President Jocelerme Privert held a meeting on Thursday at the presidential palace with representatives of political parties and civil society groups to discuss and determine the terms of reference for an evaluation committee which is tasked with investigating alleged frauds in the presidential and legislative elections held last year in the Caribbean country.

   The establishment of the controversial commission has been a constant demand by political groups that opposed the former administration of ex-president Michel Martelly, following a series of protests against the results of the first round of the ballot believed to have been manipulated in favor of the former ruling PHTK candidates, particularly Jovenel Moise who was running for president.

     "We are setting up the evaluation commission because it has been a constant request from quasi all the sectors we've met during discussions we've had with political actors and civil society groups in the country," Privert told HCNN on Thursday.

     "We need to remember the reason why previous attempts to organize the elections have failed. so we can't repeat the same mistakes," Privert said.

      However, a spokesperson for the PHTK party, which has switched from ruling party to leading opposition group, rejected on Thursday the decision by the current authorities to establish the commission.

     "The appointment of this commission is a waste of time and an attempt by Mr. Privert to expel Jovenel Moise from the runoff election," said Rudy Heriveaux, a spokesman for the PHTK party. "But there is no way to remove Jovenel Moise from the election," Heriveaux told HCNN. 

       The results issued last year by the electoral council qualified Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin for a runoff election, but the presidential ballot has been postponed several times because of charges and protests against the results the majority of candidates said was fraudulent.

       Former president Martelly and Parliament leaders signed on Feb. 5 a political agreement that set an April 24 deadline for the holding of the runoff election in order to allow for the inauguration of a new elected leader by May 14. However, the ballot won't take place as scheduled, which consequently eliminates any chance for a new president to take office in May.

      Michel Martelly left office on Feb. 7 but could not transfer power to an elected successor because the repeated delays in the holding of the ballot. Martelly handed over power to an interim president who has the mission to make sure the electoral process is completed so that a new elected president may be installed at the presidential palace within a near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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