CSPJ finally designated Ms. Yolette Mengual, its representative

Provisional Electoral Council Seated but Senate Reluctant to Ratify Electoral Law


Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) appointed Yolette Mengual as a representative to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). She will be replacing Marie Floreal Dulcervil. The facts surrounding Mengual's appointment are hazy. It was reported five votes were cast for her and four against. But it is said there was a tie vote, but no tie vote count given, and Me Joseph, Council President, was forced to cast the deciding vote.

A new Parliamentarian, Max Mathurin, was also appointed, along with Nehemy Joseph and Leopold Berlanger, making a total of four appointees to the CEP, which completes the seating. Next the Senate must ratify the electoral law, but more delays are expected, concerning the ratification process. Senate President, Simon Desras, has lost the respect of his party but insists ". . . they are ready to "consider" the amendment of the electoral law, once the Electoral Council is complete. This is code for we are going to stall the process. Legislative and local elections have been delayed for over two years and the excuse has been the seating of the CEP.

How much longer can the Senate delay elections? The Senate constantly places blockades in the way of holding elections, such as the alleged illegality of Judge Wendelle Coq's appointment as CSPJ Vice President. President Martelly is also culpable of petty squabbles over the seating of the CEP. It's clear the Martelly-Lamothe government eschews partisanship and would rather practice brinkmanship.

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