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Election

Haiti's new CEP to be headed by Leopold Berlanger, took office

Leopold Berlanger, President of the new CEP

Yesterday, March 30, 2016, in an official ceremony at Haiti Cour of Cassation , the new CEP took office. It will have the task and challenge to successfully complete the election process in Haiti unlike many many other CEP before them. We also learned that this new provisional electoral council will be headed by Leopold Berlanger. The Director of Radio Vision 2000 was designated by several organizations of Haitian media to represent them. This has not been made official yet, however some sources revealed that Leopold Berlanger will be the new president of the CEP, a position previously occupied by Pierre-Louis Opont.

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Jovenel Moise in fifth place, not qualified for run off election

Who is Jovenel Moise?

Jovenel Moise and the political party PHTK have not been feeling well since February 19, 2016. That was the time when Jovenel Moise and representatives of PHTK met provisional president Jocelerme Privert and learned the bad news. According to Jovenel Moise who was recently on Scoop FM, PHTK was informed at that time by Privert that he was not aware that Jovenel Moise was qualified for the run-off presidential election. Instead, based on the information in possession of the Haitian president, Jovenel Moise came in fifth place in that election and not first as the CEP of Pierre Louis Opont would have suggested.

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Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) To Maintain Electoral Calendar of Three Cycles

After years of delays, on March 12, 2015 (Thursday), Haiti's electoral council announced three dates for the Caribbean nation's long overdue legislative and municipal elections. The election of the two thirds of the Senate along with the entire lower chamber of deputies will be held on August 9, the presidential election will be held on Oct. 25 along with local and municipal elections and a final presidential run-off, if necessary, on December 27-- all in 2015. However, Thomas Adams, the Special Adviser to the US State Department for Haiti thinks a change in the electoral timetable by holding the election on two days instead of 'three' , the country could have saved around US$30 million, and moreover, it will give enough time to the Electoral Council to prepare properly for the forthcoming election.

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CEP Ruled Laurent Lamothe Lacked Required Discharge

On June 3rd, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has announced its decision to bar the candidacy of former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe while the Haiti's Presidential election campaign is under way as the election is due on October 25th. Laurent Lamothe had hoped to succeed his former boss, President Michel Martelly, but the CEP found him lacking the required "discharge," a routine investigation of government ministers into their use of public funds. Laurent Lamothe, the former Haitian Prime Minister as well as the Minister of Planning & Foreign Affairs was forced to resign from his post amid political standoff in last December. He was required to submit a discharge certificate to run for the election of presidency, from the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA) under the electoral law to affirm that he did not misused any government funds. But, he could not provide that because of a defunct parliament since January 12, 2015. However, it was a matter to be decided by the Haitian Parliament whether in such situation a submission of 'discharge certificate' issued by the CSCCA is mandatory to allow former ministers to compete in elections, never unilaterally to be decided by the CEP. Lamothe has always maintained that he should be allowed to run without a discharge by the CSCCA, because independent auditors have cleared him of financial mismanagement. On Wednesday (June 3) morning, Lamothe wrote on his Twitter "The CEP's decision confirms the arbitrary nature of the electoral process in Haiti, a real threat to democracy." Without a parliament, many former members of the government are left without a discharge. And President Martelly has announced that he would not grant discharges for anyone by decree.

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Pierre Louis Opont resigned from the CEP

CEP president, Pierre-Louis Opont

The President of the CEP, Pierre Louis Opont has resigned. According to a source close, one that we trust. The decision was made by the President of the CEP. His letter will likely be sent to President Michel Martelly today (January 29, 2016). However it is confirmed Pierre Louis Opont is no longer the President of the CEP. The remaining members of the CEP have not made up their mind yet; however, at this time it is unavoidable. We no longer have a CEP

What do you think?

Haitian Kreyol:

Pierre Louis Opont bay demisyone li nan CEP a

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US Government coming to term with Transitional Government in Haiti

US Ambassador Kenneth Merten to support PNH and judiciary

It was quite a shift but finally the American Government has made a 90 degree turn to now support the creation of a Transitional Government. According to information obtained, the American Government is now leaning toward a transitional government that will replace the Martelly government on February 7. The United States' Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten is considering a new Provisional Government for a short period of time. Any decision at this time will have opposition. Some supporters of the Government wants him to stay in power until May 14 in order to supervise the election run-off; however, the core opposition group does no believe that the actual government has any credibility to hold election

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Yolette Mengual, self imposed work cessation at the CEP is over

Yolette Mengual, the conflict between

Yolette Mengual is back to work at the Provisional Electoral Council(CEP). Reason: no one dear to bring corruption charges against me. She announced her decision on her Twitter page. According to Mengual, she wrote to the president of the CEP to inform him of her decision to return to work. " I want to inform you that I decide to return to work at the CEP. This decision was made due to the fact that no complaint was made against my person..........."

I have a few questions for Yolette Mengual:

Have you heard that the run-off election has been postponed?

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No Election on January 24, announced the CEP

CEP president, Pierre-Louis Opont

The CEP just announced that the election originally scheduled for this Sunday, January 24, has been postponed. The announcement was made during a press conference this afternoon. The President of the CEP, Pierre Louis Opont declared that as a result of the ongoing violence by various groups, the holding to the election this Sunday becomes impossible.

What do you think?

Haitian Kreyol:

CEP anonse Pap gen Eleksyon 24 Janvye

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Haiti Senate voted resolution to stop election process

The elected senators of the 50th Legislature in Haiti

The Haitian Senate joined its force to the increasing number of people in the population trying to stop the election scheduled for January 24. The Senate voted a resolution last night demanding that the CEP stop the election process. 15 Senators voted in favor of the resolution, 5 voted against and no abstention for the resolution which will be handed to President Michel Martelly by January 21 to be published in the newspaper "Le Moniteur".

Haitian Kreyol:

Ayiti Sena te vote yon rezolisyon pou sispann pwosesis eleksyon an

Sena Ayisyen an mete fòs li ak kantite moun nan popilasyon ki ap eseye sispann eleksyon ki pwograme pou 24 Janvye an.

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Jude Celestin out of election, leaving Jovenel Moise to run against himself

Jovenel Moise running against himself for Haiti President

There is something that people in Haiti often say: "Pwoblem Pap Fini nan peyi sa". It translates as "Problem will never end in this country". That could't be more true than now with what is going on with the presidential election. To demonstrate how we (Haitians) have the capacity to create KO, just 10 days before a scheduled presidential election, one candidate has decided to make it official that he will not be participating. In an interview at radio Kiskeya on January 14, Jude Celestin made it clear that he will not be one of the presidential candidates for the January 24 elections.

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