Human Rights accused Michel Martelly as source of electoral crisis

Electoral crisis has plagued Haiti recently and President Michel Martelly was held responsible for this crisis by the Human Rights Organization during a joint press conference held 6th March 2013. President Martelly was condemned of Supreme Council of the Judiciary for manipulating the Chief Justice, Alexis Joseph. This denouncement came from heads of organizations like National Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, National Network for the Defense of Human Rights and Platform for Haitian Human Rights.

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Chief Justice Joseph did prove that he was manipulated by the Martelly administration but his legitimacy is questioned because of his age. The Human Rights Organization asked the President to cancel the August 15, 2012 decree that appointed the electoral council's 6 members as it was against Haitian Constitution that required 9 members.

Human Rights Organization also denounced President Michel Martelly administration of installing a president to Permanent Electoral Council and a director installation by the executive. These too were against Haitian Constitution because the Constitution requires the electoral body to be independent.

The formation of Transitory College of the Permanent Electoral Council is being supported by international community that was in the agreement of December 24, 2012. This proposed provisional electoral council is supposed to be unconstitutional and has been historically found to be affected by electoral fraud. This council also disenfranchises the civil society groups' participation that is strongly prescribed by Haitian Constitution.

It is necessary to mention that in February, Pamela White (U.S. Ambassador to Haiti) and Cheryl Mills (Official of U.S. State Department) announced a $15 million US spending for the next Haitian election.

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