Lawyer for Haiti’s First Lady considers options after election bid fails

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First Lady Sophia Martelly with husband, President Michel Martelly. (Photo: Miami Herald)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Thursday May 14, 2015 – The lawyer for Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Martelly is contemplating the next step following the decision by electoral authorities to prevent her from running for a seat in the Senate.

Gregory Mayard-Paul said the decision was unfair and he was studying it carefully to determine the available options, according to the Miami Herald.

“We think that the law has not been respected and the civil and constitutional rights of the First Lady have been violated,” he told the newspaper.

It was on Tuesday that the National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) rejected Martelly’s bid to run for the Senate seat representing the West department, which encompasses the capital, citing nationality issues and administrative clearance.

Opposition officials had contested her eligibility for several reasons, including an argument that she holds dual US-Haitian citizenship.

The elections for the Senate and Chamber of Deputies will be held on August 9.

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council said 2,039 people had registered to run in the parliament elections for 20 Senate seats and 118 seats in the lower chamber.

Presidential elections are set for October 25.

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