- Title: HAITI: HAITIANS REGISTER TO VOTE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
- Date: 15th September 2005
- Summary: (BN16) CITE SOLEIL, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 15, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. PERUVIAN UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) PEACEKEEPERS AT REGISTRATION BUREAU 2. HAITIANS LINED UP TO REGISTER 3. POSTER FOR REGISTRATION 4. HAITIANS REGISTERING INSIDE BUREAU (BN16) DELMAS, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 16, 2005) (REUTERS) 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) PIERRE RICHARD DECHEMIN, PRESIDENT OF ELECTORAL REGISTRATION SAYING: "The results for today: after three months of intervention with minimum structure, we have arrived at 2,300,000 registrations." 6. JOURNALISTS FILMING AT THE PROVISIONAL ELECTORAL COUNCIL (CEP) 7. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) DECHEMIN SAYING: "For the first time in Haiti, we would like to have what we call an electoral registration and an electoral heritage of so that all new elections do not have to start from zero." 8. JOURNALISTS TAKING NOTES AT THE PROVISIONAL ELECTORAL COUNCIL (CEP) 9. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) DECHEMIN SAYING: "It is not up to the international community to decide what is the limit. It's not the OAS (Organization of American States), it's not the MINUSTAH, it's not Pierre Richard Duchemin, President of Electoral Registration, who will decide the maximum amount of people of will register. It's you, citizen by citizen, from your soul and your conscience, it's important that you commit this act of citizenship Are you going to seize this opportunity, because remember that, this card, right after the electoral process, will be a part of every day life." 10. EXTERIOR OF CEP HEADQUARTERS 1.50 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 30th September 2005 13:00
- Location: CITE SOLEIL AND DELMAS, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
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- Story Text: Haiti wraps up election registration with dozens of prospective
presidential candidates and millions of voters participating.
Voter and candidate registration for Haiti's upcoming November
presidential election ended on Thursday (September 15, 2005).
According to President of Electoral Registration Pierre Richard
Dechemin, 2,300,000 people had registered to vote for one of the 53 registered
"For the first time in Haiti, we would like to have what we call
an electoral registration and an electoral heritage of so that all new
elections do not have to start from zero," said Dechemin.
Former senator and Aristide supporter Gerard Gilles submitted his
application for the Family Lavalas party candidacy just 15 minutes before the
midnight deadline. This announcement has left the Family Lavalas party divided
into two factions and could well divide their votes, hampering their chances
at a winning run.
Fifty-three candidates registered for the presidency, including a
former rebel leader, a former president and a former prime minister.
Not until October 8, 2005, will a list of all the candidates be
released. Until then, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) will review all
applications and reject any that do not meet the specifics laid out in the CEP
Dechemin stressed the importance of the new registration and national
identity card saying that once the election are over, this card will be a
daily necessity. For many Haitians, this will be the first time in their
lives that they hold a valid and acknowledged piece of identification.
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