Here is a picture of the new leadership team at the Haitian Senate with Ronald Larèche as Senate president, Steven Benoit as Vice President, Jean-Marie Salomon, second secretary and Francois Lucas Sainvil remaining first secretary.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Ronald Larèche, the former vice president of the Senate, has been elected the president of the Haitian Senate. After the withdrawal of Andris Riché from the run he was the only candidate and elected as the president of the Upper House unanimously with 16- 0 votes. Since the former chief of the Senate Jocelerme Privert was installed as the Provisional President of Haiti, in last February, Haitian Senate has run without an elected president, the position was held by Larèche on an interim basis. Ronald Lareche is a former Senator of the North East; by profession, he is a lawyer and a member of the Parliamentary Group of the Renewal (GPR) Commissions and member of several high profile committees such as, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Worship and Haitians living abroad, Committee on Interior and Local government, Decentralization and Border Development. He is also a member of the Commission for Justice and Public Safety.
Here is a picture of seven of the 8 candidates who are protesting, demanding for an an independent investigation. Samuel madistin, Jude Celestin, Sauveur Pierre etienne, Steven Benoit, Jean Charles Moise, Eric Jean Baptiste, Jean Henry Ceant and Mario Andreso.
Following a meeting with the eight presidential candidates (G8) on Monday, November 16, the nine-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has rejected their requests to form an independent commission to verify the preliminary presidential election results, because as per their statement, the electoral decree does not grant them any authority to do so. Earlier, through a joint petition, eight presidential candidates requested the CEP to form an independent commission, which would inquire about the alleged frauds affecting the integrity of the October 25, 2015 election and place common people's confidence in the electoral process. However, Attorney Samuel Madistin, a presidential candidate and spokesperson for the group believes that the existing law in no way prevents the CEP to from a such commission.
Here is a picture of Senator Steven Benoit as he was wounded by rubber bullet during protest.
The Government of the Republic of Haiti has expressed its anxiety over the issue that different demonstrations organized to challenge the results of recent elections are becoming increasingly violent, defying all the code of conduct for peaceful demonstrations. On November 18, 2015, one of such demonstrations has even vandalized the noble inaugural ceremony of the renovated historic site of the 'Battle of Vertières' on the day of its 212th anniversary. The protesters disobeyed the separators marking the boundary of protests and forcefully wanted to enter the premises of CEP. On November 18, 1803, Haiti won Independence from France in The Battle of Vertières. The enslaved Africans successfully led a revolution for their freedom in a two month long battle to become the first country in the world history to ban slavery and become the world's first Independent Black republic.
Here is the candidate for President Steven Benoit.
Steven Benoit, presidential candidate under platform Konviksyon has the ambitious Plans for a New Haiti. He is running for president of Haiti, representing Konviksyon party, has a five-point plan for Haiti.
1. Government transparency in place of corrupt practices
2. Job creation in agriculture, infrastructure, tourism, and construction
3. Social services as in clean water and sanitation to be implemented
4. Environmental protection of endangered species
5. Diaspora, regional, and international involvement
He also commits himself to implement considerable public administration reforms and build more universities.
Here it is folks, the race for the next president of Haiti is under way and Senator Steven Benoit says he wants to be counted as he registers as candidate for President of Haiti. He will be running under a banner called Plateforme Conviction
Steven Benoit registers as candidate for President of Haiti, a Prominent Candidate for Presidency
Senator Benoit has registered as a Plateforme Conviction candidate for the Haitian presidency, which election will be held in October. Benoit is considered by many to be a front runner during the campaign.
Other candidates for the office include Gonzague Day for PATRAYIL; Pastor Bazin for MOCHRENAH; and Gerald Dalvius for Alternative Party for the Development of Haiti.
If no clear winner emerges on Election Day, a run-off will occur in December.
What do you think?
Senator Steven Benoit is on a mission to stop First Lady Sophia Saint Remy Martelly from running for a Senate seat in Hiati. He was present at the Departmental Electoral Office (BED) of the West this week to bring the evidence
Sophia Saint Remy Martelly registered to become a candidate for Senator of the Republic of Haiti for the West Department.
Senator Benoit accuses First Lady Sophia of possible Fraud
Senator Benoit is challenging the legality of First Lady Sophia Martelly's bid to run for Senator of West Department. Sophia, a U.S. citizen, applied for a Haitian passport in 2009. At that time dual-citizenship was not allowed according to the Constitution.
Benoit says Sophia has committed a probable act of fraud by registering for candidacy. The 2015 Electoral Law states candidates must be native-born, and can't hold dual citizenship, as in Sophia's case.
Here is a picture of Senator Steven Benoit who is currently considering a run for President of Haiti
Senator Steven Benoit: No Decision Yet on Running for President
Several political parties in Haiti are urging Senator Benoit to run for the 2016 presidency. A popular candidate in 2010 for the senate, he won more votes than Martelly.
Benoit wants to run, but needs to decide what political party he will represent. However, he fears the political positions he has taken will not endear him to voters this time. He is also critical of the international community's funding and organizing of elections.
The Haitian Senator, Mr. Steven Benoît has made it clear that he does not recognize the Government Evans Paul.
Senator Steven Benoît has always remained very vocal in criticizing the public institutions in Haiti. Recently, on February 3rd, he has said that he does not recognize the constitutionality of the government of Prime Minister, Paul Evans. The ministers who compose Evans cabinet, were appointed by illegal and unconstitutional means, not constitutionally approved by the Parliament presently defunct. They were appointed without receiving their discharge of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSC / CA) as required under the constitution. Earlier on another occasion, he had mentioned that the government under the leadership of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was the most corrupt government that the country has ever had. The present Senate is 'de facto' as with only 10 existing members it cannot sanction the government.
The newly amended constitution needs to be published by the government of Michel Martelly. Senator Steven Benoit is hoping by exercising some pressure on the government to publish this newly amended Haitian Constitution.
What is included in the newly amended constitution:
Two important aspect of the newly amended constitution. Every Haitian is subject to all rights, duties and obligations attached to their nationality. Multiple nationality is acceptable with the amendment to these articles.