Provisional Electoral Council

The Provisional Electoral Council (French: Conseil Électoral Provisoire, French pronunciation: [kɔ̃sɛj əlɛktɔʁal pʁɔvizwaʁ], CEP; Haitian Creole: Konsèy Elektoral Pwovizwa) was the electoral commission of Haiti. The body had the sole agency responsible for presidential elections and parliamentary elections. CEP used to be Haiti's main and only legal election agency.[1]

Conseil Électoral Provisoire
Konsèy Elektoral Pwovizwa
Agency overview
Formed1987 (1987)
JurisdictionConstitution of Haiti
HeadquartersPort-au-Prince, Haiti
EmployeesAt least 9

It was dissolved in September 2021 by acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry.[2]

Mandate edit

As the sole legal electoral body in Haiti, CEP's responsibilities included the following:[3]

  • Ensuring confidence building among key actors involved in the electoral process;
  • Establish the balance between the various political players in the race, hence the role of arbiter.
  • Organize and supervise elections.
  • Enforce the election legislation throughout the national territory.
  • Ensure elections are held freely, credibly and transparently.
  • Intervening in the mobilization and coordination of activities related to electoral information.
  • Provide input in developing the legal framework for the electoral process.

Criticism edit

More than 30 presidential candidates reproached CEP for its obscure scrutiny policies and censured CEP for its lack of transparency.[4] According to Haitian Sentinel, CEP rejected transparency request by some presidential candidates including Jude Célestin, runoff candidate for the 2015 election.[5]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Mission". CEP Haiti (in French). Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Haiti polls postponed after electoral body is dissolved". BBC News. 28 September 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Constitution" [Constitution] (in French). CEP Haiti. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Calls for transparency joined by 30 more presidential candidates". Haitian Sentinel. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ Maxime, Samuel (17 November 2015). "Electoral Council rejects transparency request". Haitian Sentinel. Miami. Retrieved 3 December 2015.

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