Senators may call disqualification of ruling party PHTK from elections

Sitting senators Steven Benoit and Francois Anick Joseph 2015

Sitting senators Steven Benoit and Francois Anick Joseph, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The 10 senators left of what was the Haitian Parliament will meet on Thursday October 29, 2015 to discuss the massive fraud recorded in the October 25, 2015 general elections.

Senator Steven Benoît, a candidate for president who said his campaign is over is spearheading the meet up that is expected to end in a resolution.

A political observer told The Sentinel that lawmakers may recommend the removal of the ruling party, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), from participating from elections but Benoît has said he is pushing for a transitional government.

Benoît, who ran under the Konviksyon platform, sent a letter to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) regarding the fraud conducted by the ruling party for its candidate Jovenel Moïse.

The heads of the electoral observation missions of the European Union (EU) and the Organization of American States (OAS) also received letters from the senator.

Several other presidential candidates, including the supposed front-runners, Jude Celestin and Jean Charles Moïse, of LAPEH and Pitit Dessalines, respectively, have denounced the fraud.

Fanmi Lalavas‘ Maryse Narcisse, Sauveur Pierre Etienne of the Organization of Struggling People (OPL), and Jean Henry Céant of Renmen Ayiti also denounced the massive fraud in the election and are calling for a transitional government.

The establishment of a transitional government has had growing support in Haiti since before the election cycle began and has grown significant support since; especially after Sunday’s contests.

A transition is desirable because it would include terms for a government of officials not participating in elections or with political parties, but it would would mean the electoral process would have to reset and that is an option tough to take.

A majority of senators are said to be leaning towards recommending the removal of PHTK from elections, not only for Sunday’s acts of fraud but also for the violence it led in the lead-up to the August 9, 2015 partial legislative elections and on that election day.

PHTK has denied the allegations aimed at it and the CEP headed by Pierre Louis Opont has been passive, although it cited the party and its allies as being responsible for the most violence on August 9.

Senators are also expected to reflect on the latest presidential decree taken outside of the law on October 8, 2015. This decree grants heightened severance pay of more than $50,000 to each minister and $40,000 to secretaries of state.

Benoît describes it as a scandal by the largest government in history. It also includes a number of security and official resources for these government officials well after leaving office.

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