Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Tuesday refused their dismissal ordered by Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and asked for the order to be overturned.
“The decree passed by the prime minister does not concern us, since according to the law it is a blatant violation of the decree of the 14th – – therefore it should only be revoked by another presidential office”, the members of the CEP said in one of the vice-presidents of the entity Esperancia Cesar signed and defended the declaration collected by Gazette Haiti.
They have also alleged that the revocation also violates the decree of July 5, 2021, which appoints Henry as Prime Minister and orders him to “accompany the CEP in conducting an electoral process”.
The CEP has also warned that it plans “as soon as possible” to “go to the appropriate judicial and administrative bodies” to request the “repeal” of the dismissal decree, while reaffirming its “commitment”. by organizing elections in the country.
Henry on Monday ordered the release of CEP members “from their ties to public administration,” a decision previously agreed under the “Peaceful and Effective Governance Agreement” signed by the Prime Minister with more than a hundred formations and organizations.
With that in mind, Henry assured CNN in an interview this Tuesday that the electoral body “cannot hold elections” and has argued that the process has begun to replace it with a “more consensual and accepted” process by society “.
He has also ensured that the country’s elections are held following a constitutional review that will take place in the first few months of next year. “The elections will take place immediately afterwards,” he added.
The dismissed CEP had set November 7th as the date for the first ballot, on which a constitutional referendum is also to be held. The second ballot was scheduled for January 23, 2022 with local and local elections.
On the flip side, U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter reported Monday that Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols and National Security Council executive director for the Western Hemisphere Juan González will be due to be released from Sept. Travel to Miami, Florida and the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince September through October 1 to discuss various issues related to the country, such as holding elections.
Specifically, Nichols and González will meet with civil society groups, political actors, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Claude Joseph to discuss “a Haiti-led process that paves the way for democratic elections”.
Issues such as Haitian migration and recovery from the August 14 earthquake and COVID-19 pandemic will also be addressed.