The nine members of the new provisional electoral council (CEP) officially took office Wednesday in Port-au-Prince to relaunch the electoral process, left on hold since January because of repeated opposition protests.
"The task ahead is immense to give hope to millions of compatriots who are waiting," said Mosler George, general manager of the administration in charge of organizing elections.
"Hence the need of a true national civic crusade against misunderstanding and intolerance," he said at the installation ceremony of councilors.
The nine personalities chosen by religious sectors and the company's professionals and by feminist organizations and defense of human rights have, in Tuesday morning, the oath before the judges of the Court of Cassation.
Haiti is in a deep political crisis since the legislative and presidential elections were postponed indefinitely in January, due to opposition accusations denouncing an "electoral coup" staged by Michel Martelly, the former president.
In the first round of presidential elections on 25 October, the government candidate, Jovenel Moses had collected 32.76% of the vote against 25.29% for Jude Celestin, who called the scores "ridiculous farce".
Without elections held on time, Michel Martelly has completed its mandate on February 7 without hand over power to an elected successor. Jocelerme Privert, then president of the Senate, was elected interim president on February 14 for a mandate limited to three months.
Hardly installed, the new CEP is already facing strong pressure from the opposition claiming, before any action, in-depth verification of the results of previous rounds of voting.
Thirty supporters MoГЇse Jean-Charles, the candidate who came third in the first round of presidential elections, briefly demonstrated Wednesday noon outside the offices of the CEP to require this evaluation work.