BROOKLN,NY– President Jovenel Moise has installed the nine members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) after a divided Haitian Supreme Court opted Tuesday not to swear them into office.
Last Friday, Moise had named the five men and four women to the Council by a decree published in Le Moniteur, the state-owned newspaper as the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country prepares for fresh elections.
Moïse has been accused of violating the constitution by picking representatives from sectors not prescribed in the 1987 amended form and mandating them to prepare a referendum to give Haiti a new body.
Haiti’s legislative elections were due in October last year, and as a result, Moise is ruling by decree. There is currently a debate about when the polls are scheduled with the final being held in 2015.
Moise came to office in 2017, and experts say that his term ends next year, but Moise argues that he has five years, and as such, it ends in 2022.caricom