Haiti: Six Election Officials Arrested
- Miércoles, 06 de junio 2012 07:27 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Six agents of the disbanded Provisional Electoral Council were arrested on Tuesday for the theft of government property which included 460 laptops, 160 solar panels and 207 memory cards.
The arrests were executed by Government Commissioner Jean Renel Senatus and the Justice of Petionville. The names of the arrested officials were not released.
The Provisional Electoral Council has been the subject of multiple accusations of electoral fraud and bribery stemming from the presidential and legislative elections of 2010.
By a December 2011 presidential decree, the electoral council was terminated and officials and employees of the institution were ordered to return any property belonging to the government. But no new council has since been established.
Two high ranking councilors including the President of the CEP were placed on house arrest after trying to flee the country in late December following the termination of the council.
Haiti missed legislative and municipal elections that were due to take place in November of 2011. As a result, the terms of 10 senators expired in May 2012 leaving the upper house of parliament operating with only 20 of 30 senators. As well, dozens of municipal authorities are still in office after their terms expired in December.
A date for legislative and municipal elections has been set but government officials have expressed some hope to have elections before the end of 2012.
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