Posted by Sydney Noel on Sunday, January 3, 2016 Under: Haiti's Political Crisis
The President of Haiti Michel Martelly announced the official date for the second round of the presidential election. The second round of presidential elections scheduled for the 27th of this past December, will ultimately be held on January 17; of course, if we are to believe him this time.
The announcement of the holding of the election that will determine who takes the reins of the country, this February 7, as the Haitian Constitution requires, has been made in spite of many unanswered questions; leaving many confused about what is happening. The evaluation commission that the president of Haiti has put in place to check and make recommendations for the next round, has not even came out with a report on its supposedly independent mission. In fact, the president has even extended the deadline for their submission. Everything seems to be done in reverse.
The big question marks remain. First, what is the conclusion of this commission; was there fraud in the last presidential and parliamentary elections?
Who will participate in these elections? The candidate who came in second place, has not yet said if he will participate.
Who will organize the second round? The same CEP whose members were accused of having accepted significant sums of money from candidates? The judges of the Electoral Tribunal, also accused of having accepted bribes in exchange for favorable decision, will they get fired and disciplined according to the laws against corruption?
How the public can have confidence in the next round of electoral farce if those responsible for the organization of the said elections are those accused of fraud?
In a country where all branches of government are truly independent of the other, the Minister of Justice would have already launched an independent investigation into bribery accusations, especially when they have been proven by overwhelming evidence such as bank receipts showing how candidates have deposited money in the accounts of electoral officials mentioned above.
But it is Haiti which we speak of. The role of the minister of justice is best not to get involved in issues that may be disadvantageous for the one who put him in that position.
But it is Haiti which we speak of. Elections are held, the results reflect the opposite of the will of the Haitian people, because of the involvement of the international community and corruption; instability, illegitimate governments, political crisis, chronic underdevelopment remain the every-day dishes.
In Haiti, the only thing holding officials accountable for their actions is history. History will remember them. But it is time to ask whether that is enough.