RNDDH Lists 34 Haitian Candidates with Questionable Morality

The Defense National Network of Human Rights (RNDDH), responsible to monitor the electoral process has recently analyzed the list of approved candidates for the 2015 legislative elections published by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). The RNDDH has complained that the list includes the name of many candidates against whom many serious cases of criminal offence are pending before the court of law. Some of them were taken to the police custody, but were released either provisionally or by unlawful means. RNDDH wishes to share these worrying facts on the ground of morality which may threaten the main objectives of a fair legislative election process.


The Article 90 of the electoral decree mandates that the candidacy of an electoral candidate would be admissible, if a certificate of good conduct and moral is issued in his name by the Justice of Peace from the candidate's local commune where he resides with the inclusion of a certificate from the Registry of First Instance of his domicile stating that there is, against it, no criminal proceedings leading to an afflictive or infamous, against the candidate. However, some of the inspections carried out by the RNDDH have revealed that only the facts of conviction pronounced had been taken into account. The judicial authority, in accordance with the provisions of Article 94 of the Electoral law of 25 July 2008, prefers to collect all facts on the criminal life of each candidate as they are the perfect determinant of good moral character and such certificate of good conducts should be endorsed by the Judge of Peace of the commune in which the candidate resides. The certificate of such moral character has to be issued either by the National Police of Haiti and the Registry of the Court of First Instance of the place of his/her domicile.

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