According to the CEP, Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin will face each other in the run-off election on December 27, 2015. The announcement came on the same day the BCEN issued its verdict agreeing with the candidates who contest the results and ordered the Tabulization Center to revise the tabulation to include some "Proce Verbal". The opposition reacted immediately, planning mass demonstrations in the coming days. According to candidate Steven Benoit, there will be a reunion this afternoon by the members of the G8 and an announcement will be made immediately. He continues to ask for non-violence protest. Senator Moise Jean Charles is asking for protest, accusing the present government and a branch of the International community to reconsider their plan.
The BCEN has issued its verdict in favor of the allegation of Candidates Maryse Narcisse and Vilaire Cluny Duroseau. Fifty(50) "Proce Verbal" randomly selected judged non conforming based on the irregularity observed by the BCEN. As a result the Tabulation center is ordered to conduct an new tabulation, taking into consideration these "Proce Verval". In regard to the demand of Maryse Narcisse for the exclusion of candidate Jovenel Moise and the elimination of the entire electoral process, they have been rejected by the BCEN. As you may remember, out of all those who denounced the election results of November 5, only Dr. Maryse Narcisse and Vilaire Cluny Duroseau filed claims to contest the results before the deadline.
As per Fednel Monchéry, the coordinator of the platform "Repon Peyizan", Jude Celestin is a victim of the latest election process. Sadly, he became a hostage after joining a bad company like the 'Group G8' because all other members of the group are losers except Jude and they are preventing him to participate in the final runoff.
Out of the total percentage of vote obtained (49.81%) by the G8 members, Celestine under LAPEH banner alone bagged 25.27% vote, while the remaining seven members were left with the total of 24.54%. Jovenel Moïse's success in the first round election, with 32.81% votes against 25.27% of Jude Célestin, was little unexpected because Celestine had a pre-election approval rating of 33.4% while Moise was much behind in the second place with 17.5% approval. Celestin should understand this.
When eight losing presidential candidates (G8) including seven of ten vote getters, representing 49.81% of the vote, could not convince the CEP to form an independent commission of inquiry to inquire and assess the alleged frauds affecting the integrity of the October 25th election, they gave their ultimatum.
They (G 8) are of opinion that no honest, transparent and credible election is possible under the presidency of Joseph Michel Martelly in conjunction with the functioning CEP (Provisional Electoral Council) along with the support of present Police Nationale d'Haïti (PNH). These eight losing eight candidates (G8) have demanded a transitional government which would be empowered to adopt a new constitution with various reforms needed to organize a credible election within next two years. These eight candidates (G8) are: Jude Celestin, Jean Charles Moise, Samuel Madistin, Sauveur Pierre Etienne, Eric Jean Baptiste, Steven Benoit, Jean Henry Ceant and Mario Andresol.
The idea that the last election in Haiti was taken over by fraud is not only the perception of some of the candidates. The population is increasingly feeling the same way. According to poll conducted by a team of researchers with the Brazil-based Igarape Institute, public confidence in the Haitian society has plummeted from the time of the election to now. On November 25, 82 percent of the population considered the election was fair and that there was no fraud. However, few days ago, after the same question was asked, 90 percent of the population disagreed and believe that the election was rigged with massive fraud. Even more interesting, when the voters were asked who they voted for, only 6 percent said they voted for candidate Jovenel Moise, which would have placed him in fourth position.
The BCEN has authorized verification at the Tabulation Center Vote by Maryse Narcisse and Vilaire Cluny Duroseau. Both of them were told to come on Thursday to conduct their verification. While Candidate Cluny took the BCEN on his words and went to do the verification as requested, candidate Maryse Narcisse told BCEN to hold his horse. She want to have enough time to build a competent team to do that and scheduled her verification for Saturday, November 21. According to Moise Jean Charle, he was also invited by the BCEN to verify the minutes at the tabulation center, declined the invitation. Jude Célestin on the other hand said that he was not contacted.
I don't understand this one. After a group of candidates had been saying that they want the formation of an independent commission to verify the preliminary election results. Knowing well the demand of these candidates, the CEP has decided to meet with eight of these candidates. After the well publicized meeting between the CEP and the G8, the CEP has decided to flatly reject their request.
I really don't understand this. Here is what the CEP comes up with: "the law doesn't grant us the authority to do so". In a letter signed by the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Pierre Louis Opont, the council holds the position that there is no provision in the electoral decree for the formation of an independent commission to review the results.
After several meetings of the G8 candidates, the number two candidate Jude Celestin has threatened to forgo his participation in the final presidential runoff on December 27, 2015. On November 28th, the G8 candidates had given an ultimatum about holding elections where they had mentioned that no honest, transparent and credible election is possible under the presidency of Joseph Michel Martelly in conjunction with the functioning CEP (Provisional Electoral Council) along with the support of the present Police Nationale d'Haïti (PNH).
A transitional government is required to hold a free and credible election, which would be empowered to adopt a new constitution with various reforms needed to organize a credible election within next two years. The ultimatum was signed by all the G8 candidates.
The meeting between the CEP and the members of the opposition took place in order to find a solution to the current election crisis. The so called G8 or presidential candidates of 8 political parties had a meeting with members of the CEP in order to put in place an independent commission to verify the vote sincerity of the election of October 25.
My question is that: How will that solve the current problem?
Samuel madistin, Jude Celestin, Sauveur Pierre etienne, Steven Benoit, Jean Charles Moise, Eric Jean Baptiste, Jean Henry Ceant and Mario Andresol who were present at the meeting are not in the same position. Each has different interests. Let's take for example a new independent commission is put in place. What really constitute an "Independent Commission in Haiti"? How many candidates would accept the result of the so called independent Commission?
In the middle of controversy and fraud allegation, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has released the preliminary results of the municipal elections for 140 communes. Some of the most remarkable and interesting are: Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan who became the new mayor of Port-au-Prince. Wilson Jeudy was re-elected as Mayor of Delmas. In the city of Les Cayes, Jean-Gabriel Fortune has become the new Mayor.
Below is a partial list of the results:
Port-au-Prince: Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan (PHTK) with 14.06%
Delmas: Wilson Jeudy (Randevous) with 21.16%,
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