Haiti: Electoral Council Members Fired by Presidential Decree
- Friday, December 30, 2011 11:46 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Office of Communication of the President informed that by an decree dated Thursday, December 29, 2011, the decree of October 16, 2009 appointing the members of the Provisional Electoral Council is hereby voided.
Therefore, the former members of the Provisional Electoral Council are invited to return Headquarters of the electoral institution all government assets still in their possession.
After weeks in hiding, controversial president of the CEP, Gaillot Dorsinvil returned Monday to resume work at the CEP chairing a meeting to plan the next elections. He and his colleagues Ribel Pierre and Leonel Raphael had been cleared by the Court and allowed to resume their activities.
President Michel Martelly, as well as political leaders and other candidates had publicly accused the CEP of embezzlement in connection with the organization of the last election.
Five electoral districts are not yet represented in the lower house because of serious irregularities and fraud that characterized the elections in those districts.
It is not clear if upcoming elections will be through the Permanent Electoral Council, as mandated by the Haitian Constitution which requires its nine (9) members to be selected by each branch of government selecting three (3) or if it will be a return to the Provisional Electoral Council with its members all selected by the president.
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