Pierre Louis Opont, the President of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), recently came forth and announced irregularities in the 2010 presidential elections that brought Michel Martelly to power. The first round, which found Martelly in 4th place, sparked protests among Haitians and led to a 6-week vote recount. However, Opont claims that Chief of Staff for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) published results of the recount that differ from the numbers he initially submitted. These claims are supported by two other electoral councilors from the 2010-2011 elections and a 2012 US Senate investigation.
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Haiti: Election President says Clinton State Dept changed results in 2010
Staff Writer, Haiti Sentinel
July 6, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) revealed on Thursday that the 2010 first round election results, that followed a six week recount that brought Michel Martelly into the second round of the elections and eventually to power, were not in keeping with the voice of the Haitian people. Opont says the results were changed by Cheryl Mills, Chief of Staff of the Hillary Clinton State Department, and OAS observers.
Pierre Louis Opont’s revelation came during an interview with Valery Numa on Vision 2000. In trying to explain his virtual silence on the issue, he said after meetings between Mills and OAS commission members the decision to keep silent was to avoid violence in the country. Opont served as director general of the 2010 CEP and has made declarations, throughout the years, in the same sense but spoke with more clarity in last week’s interview.
It should be recalled that two other electoral councilors from the 2010-11 elections had also decried the same injurences at that time. A 2012 senate investigation also came to the same conclusions in its report.
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