Haiti names new prime minister

President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 23, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says he has appointed Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant , a professor of gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti (UEH) as the country’s new Prime Minister.

He replaces Enex Jean-Charles, who submitted his letter of resignation earlier this month to allow the new head of state to enter into discussions with the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament for his successor, as stipulated in the Constitution.

“After a second round of consultations with the presidents of both Houses, I chose Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime Minister,” Moïse said in a statement.

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CARICOM congratulates Haiti’s President-elect

Haiti’s President-elect Jovenel Moise

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti’s President-elect Jovenel Moise who was this week declared winner of the country’s 20 November 2016 presidential elections.

The 48 year old Moise, a banana exporter, won 55.6 percent of the votes in November’s first round of the elections. His major challengers, Jude Celestin, Jean-Charles Moise and Maryse Narcisse contested the count and after a verification process, the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) declared Jovenel Moise the outright winner on Tuesday.  He will replace interim-President Jocelerme Privert, who led the country after former President Michel Martelly left office without a successor in February last year.

The CARICOM Secretary-General, in a Statement issued Thursday said the Caribbean Community looks forward to the inauguration of the President-elect on 7 February 2017, which would signal the return to constitutional governance and the continuation of the strengthening of Haitian democracy.


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Haiti court rules that electoral process unaffected by voting irregularities

Haitians cast their ballots in the presidential election (Photo via Jamaica Observer)
Haitians cast their ballots in the presidential election (Photo via Jamaica Observer)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Office of the National Electoral Litigation (BCEN) in Haiti on Monday ruled that while there had been irregularities in the tabulation of votes cast in the November 20 presidential elections last year, they did not “affect the electoral process”.

One month after voters had cast ballots in the legislative and presidential elections, the BCEN had handed a lifeline to three political parties that had been challenging the victory of businessman Jovenelle Moise, when it ordered a review of the preliminary results.

Attorneys for the political parties —  Famni Lavalas, Piti dessalin and LAPEH — had argued against the tally giving more than 55 per cent of the votes to Moise, who was chosen by former president Michel Martelly to represent his party, Tet Kale (PHTK).

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CARICOM observers declare satisfaction with Haiti’s elections

Haitians voting on Sunday
Dr. Robert Surujbally, Head of the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to Haiti.

After observing over 300 polling stations during Haiti’s presidential and legislative elections Sunday last, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) has declared general satisfaction with the conduct of the poll in the French speaking CARICOM Member State.

In its first post-elections statement, the Mission reported that the officers of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) “not only displayed an improved competence, but a uniform execution of their duties,” on Sunday 20 November.
The 300 polling stations it visited were situated in three districts in and neighbouring the capital city Port-au-Prince, including areas affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Noting the bold step by the CEP to convene the elections so close after Hurricane Matthew had wreaked havoc on the country, the CEOM said in its initial assessments, it was assured the Haitian election management body was well prepared. (more…)


CARICOM electoral mission to Haiti conducts initial assessments



Dr. Steve Surujbally, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission is leading the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) is on the ground in Haiti conducting initial assessments of critical elements of the presidential and legislative electoral process.

The CEOM, led by Dr. Steve Surujbally, the Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission, arrived in the French speaking CARICOM Member State on Wednesday 16 November to assess the pre-election environment.  Haitians will cast their ballots on Sunday 20 November 2016.

In a preliminary statement released today, 18 November, the Mission said it has requested meetings with key stakeholders including Haiti’s Prime Minister, the Head of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haiti, representatives of civil society and  other observer groups to listen to their expectations and concerns on the electoral process. (more…)