With Date for Elections Set, Next Step is to Ensure Full Participation
|Wednesday, 30 June 2010 13:20|
There are also constitutional issues concerning the CEP. The Haitian Constitution calls for a Permanent Electoral Council, however the current Provisional council’s members were appointed by Preval during his term in office. The parties that had been excluded were predominantly opponents of Preval's INITE coalition, raising concern over the independence of the CEP. Al-Jazeera, in their coverage of the election decree, note that Preval "did not address opponents' calls for the council itself to be replaced before a vote is held."
Although the United States, United Nations and OAS have all pledged support for elections, there have been no statements from these actors about the exclusion of political parties from the electoral process. However in a report for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, ranking Republican Richard Lugar did raise the issue. The report, titled "HAITI: NO LEADERSHIP—NO ELECTIONS", outlines the feasibility of undertaking elections and recommendations for the process. The report notes that:
Calls for President Pre´val to exercise his executive powers and reform the CEP have been ongoing since controversial decisions made by the CEP to ban candidates representing Fanmi Lavalas (FL) from participating in the senatorial elections of 2009.And recommends that:
The international donor community to seek an agreement with the CEP and all political parties, including the factions of Famni Lavalas, to ensure that the parties meet the CEP’s legal requirements and are not excluded from the elections because of perceived technicalities.The international donor community, and Haitian government should heed this recommendation and ensure that whenever elections do take place, they be fully inclusive.