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Electoral Council Member’s Resignation Raises Concerns for Presidential Elections

After the resignation of one of the nine members of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), many are concerned that more will come. The CEP is already facing a lot of criticism for its handling of the August 9th round of elections, which were marred by violence, fraud, late starts and more. Meanwhile, presidential candidates are campaigning and electoral officials are making preparations for the 2nd round, which is scheduled for October 25.

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Haiti election official resigns ahead of Oct. 25 vote

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

October 2, 2015

Members of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council, known as the CEP, which is charged with staging the country’s elections. Here members speak to the press after the violence and fraud-marred Aug. 9 legislative vote. On Friday, Nehemy Joseph (second from the left with glasses) resigned from the nine-member council.

A member of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council resigned Friday, raising concerns about the possibility of more resignations from the embattled body and the fate of the Oct. 25 vote for president, mayors and members of parliament.

“I am not comfortable,” Néhémy Joseph told Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, confirming the news that he had sent President Michel Martelly a letter announcing his resignation.

In the signed three-page resignation letter circulating on social media, Joseph addressed the criticisms dogging the council, and told Martelly that Haiti needs more than anything “inclusive and impartial elections.”

Martelly was headed back to Port-au-Prince on Friday from New York where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday morning.


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