Commission of verification
Experts of the Electoral Observation Mission of the European Union stated that the so called massive irregularities and frauds alleged during the last election in Haiti did not materialize. The EU-EOM notes that the report by the the Commission of Verification (CIEVE) did not prove that serious fraud or irregularities took place or had an impact on the results. As a result, there was nothing in the report to trigger a change in the positioning of the main candidates. The Electoral Observation Mission of European Union concluded that the results of the Commission of Verification (CIEVE) has in fact been manipulated.
The Commission of Evaluation gave his report today to President Privewrt and the CEP. It is incredible the kid of findings his team found during the evaluation. Here is some key points of his finding, with his own quotes:
"Distribution of mandates done in a way I would say frantic, opening the way to a kind of trade of access mandate, sold and traded"
"There are certain liberties that were taken with the law with the electoral process which create a range of non-retractable zombie votes to the point that the number of non-retractable votes almost exceeded the legitimate votes"
The result of the Commission of Verification will be made public on Monday (May 30, 2016) at 4:00PM, Haiti time which will be 5:00PM in Miami, Florida. We also learned that the president of the commission wants to meet with President Privert before the these results are made public. Mr. Daly Valet, as we learned is the one with the responsibilities to assure the liaison between the Commission of verification and the Eeecutive branch.
What do you expect on Monday at 4:00PM?
Platfom Pitit Dessalines may not know the names of the two presidential candidates who will be participating in the runoff Presidential election in Haiti; however they are certain of at least one of them. In less than one week before the report of the Commission of Verification, the political platform Pitit Dessalines made it clear that there will be "no second round without Jean-Charles Moïse". In addition, Pitit Dessalines expects the elimination of PHTK candidate Jovenel Moïse from the process, stating if it is proved that a candidate or political group has benefited from fraud, the votes should be annulled.
The Tabulation center is finally under the control of the Commission of Verification. On Thursday, search of the truths, the Verification Commission moved to the Tabulation center with over 60 specialists to start their challenging task of evaluating whether or not there wwere frauds of irregularities in the past election, and if so who did it.
One very important point to note, the Commission has increased its sample. Instead of the 15% originally stated, the Commission of Verification will sample 25% of the "Proce-Verbals". They will be working under close supervision of various Political Parties.
What do you think?
The Independent Commission for Electoral Evaluation and Verification (CIEVE) was installed by the Provisional President Privert on April 28, 2016 with the objectives of reviewing previous election results and electoral court decisions, before moving forward with the unfinished election. The commission was created because as per his belief a verification process was necessary to establish credibility of the 2015 election results and restore confidence and encourage "players to trust the electoral council and to participate in the upcoming elections." Moreover, it was a key demand of many civil society organizations, human rights figures, and political parties.
This commission, like the earlier one created by the former President Martelly, would audit the last election process through a 15% random sample, because it is impossible to recount every vote cast by 5.8 million registered voters in about 10,000 polling stations. As per François Benoît, the President of the Commission, 15% sample size might carry a chance of 20% marginal error (which is much higher than 3 to 5% margin of error as was proclaimed by the earlier Commission set up by Martelly).
Jude Celestin, the candidate for the presidency under LAPEH party came out after several weeks of silence to give a warning to the newly created Commission of Verification. He advised them to stay away from any prefabricated report.
Jude Celestin also stated that he supports the establishment of the evaluation commission to investigate the results of the 25 October 25, elections and has no fear for verification. In regard to an extension of the current agreement, he has no objection but would be against any new political agreement.
What do you think?
Here is something we have not seen in Haiti for a long time, a President standing firm in his belief, his words, and conviction. Yesterday, President Jocelerme Privert finally installed the five members of the Commission of Verification at the National Palace. The 5 Independent Members are Francois Benoit, Gedeon, Pierre Wilfrid Sanon, Marc Donald Jean, and Michel Eric Gaillard.
It was quite remarkable not to see any representation from the legislative sector, the judicial sector and even more importantly representative from the International community at the ceremony.
What do you think?
An attempt was made by President Privert to meet the various political sectors in order to finalize the terms for the creation of the Commission of Verification. The meeting was scheduled for yesterday ( April 27, 2016); however the Deputies of the majority block of PHTK did not show up.
The meeting took place anyway. President Jocelerme Privert and Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles conducted the reunion with the political actors who were present. They went over the text of the Decree for the creation of the Commission before its publication.
What do you think?
The Independent Commission for evaluation and electoral verification in Haiti is now in place. All five persons that will be responsible for the verification have been nominated. According to a source we can trust, the five members are as follows:
Marc Donald Jean,
Pierre Wilfrid Sanon,
As you may known, Erick Gaillard was appointed by the Order of Chartered Accountants Haitian ; Marc Jean Donald who is a former senator was appointed by the Episcopal / Anglican Church, Gideon Jean was appointed by former members of the Election Assessment Commission. The Decree nominating these five members will be published shortly in the Gazette
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