Haiti President forms electoral council despite opposition rejection
Port-au-Prince, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Haitian President Jovenel Moïse appointed representatives of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), despite the growing rejection of opposition sectors that deny participating in upcoming elections, it was reported the eve.
In accordance with a presidential decree, the nine-member committee has the mission of organizing a constitutional referendum to provide the country with a new constitution and plan local, municipal, legislative and presidential elections.
The order of the head of state comes hours after Washington's government demanded the formation of the CEP with members of reputation, integrity, honesty and competence 'to organize a free and fair electoral process', in an interventionist position widely criticized from various sectors.
Bad governments, corruption, 'they are the ones who have put us in this situation,' said former presidential candidate and party leader Pitit Dessalines (Son of Dessalines), Moïse Jean Charles, in reference to United States' interventions in local politics.
Max Mathurin, former CEP adviser, stressed that elections held in poor conditions will only push the country into a new crisis, while President Moïse still has a lot to do to convince other actors.
Since August, the government has been fighting to give life to this committee, the only one capable of organizing votes, after its previous members resigned in plenary session and indicated the urgency of a national consensus.
Traditional parties and sectors refused to appoint a representative to the council and insisted on the resignation of the president and his replacement by a transitory government.
André Michel, spokesman for the Popular and Democratic Sector, one of the most critical structures of the administration, assured that the new CEP is made up of members of the ruling party and reiterated they will continue to support popular mobilization until Moïse resigns'. Before February 7, 2021, the country is in transition,' he said on a social media.
This same platform announced a calendar of mobilization that begins this Sunday, until next October 17.
Experts estimate that, in the current context, marked by an increase in insecurity, and socio-political and economic crises, the elections could only aggravate the situation.
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