Haiti election commission under scrutiny for ties to President Rene Preval

Sep 17, 2010 | Posted by: Christian Science Monitor | Full story: Christian Science Monitor

As Haiti gears up for its first-ever internationally televised presidential debate Saturday, confidence in the government's ability to hold a credible poll is being undermined by allegations that President RenA© PrA©val is attempting to sway the election.

Details of an Aug. 16 meeting between Mr. PrA©val and members of Haiti's election commission (CEP) has observers questioning whether the CEP rejected candidates based on politics instead of the Constitution.

The meeting came days before the CEP disqualified hip-hop star Wyclef Jean and 14 other candidates from running. It was confirmed by multiple sources and, while not in itself unprecedented or a sign of political manipulation, puts scrutiny on a supposedly independent body that is meant to ensure elections are free and fair.

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son of haiti

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Sep 17, 2010
 
there no dout the cep are being manipulate by not only the president rene preval but the power that be as well. what else is new a govt body is on the take in haiti,selling the country,watching their people suffer,it's been going on for over 200 years.
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Sep 19, 2010
 
Preval is greedy, he will do anything he can to manipulate the election.
Marie A Fignole Morgan

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Sep 22, 2010
 
I (as a personal opinion) think that Preval is a moderate. Dnt know much about haitian politics, but what is it they are reproaching him?

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