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The installation of an Electoral Assessment Commission has not softened the tense political climate in Haiti.
 Michel Martelly has installed this commission after numerous allegations of fraud have marred the last parliamentary and presidential elections.

Since the publication of the official results, the people have stood up to denounce what they say is a massive electoral fraud in favor of Michel Martelly, whose mandate will end on Feb. 7, 2016.

To protest against the results, the opposition demand that an independent commission be established to investigate all frauds, and to discipline officials who are found involved in fraudulent practices.

So far, the commission has not inspired the confidence of the people; not because its members are not trustworthy, but because its mandate and powers are not clearly defined and its composition does not include members of the opposition or members of the press.

According to a press release that the board of the commission quietly released on December 26, the mission is "primarily for the Commission to meet the main actors involved in the process of the election of October 25, 2015, to read and analyze available information on the ballot and then go to the Tabulation Centre to proceed with the verification of certain data and information. " 

Many frauds during the days of the elections have been well documented by local and international media, organizations of human rights, as well as by local and international election observers. The partial verification that the electoral court granted to Fanmi Lavalas also showed several irregularities in all 78 ballots analyzed, the evidence of a wider problem.

The allegations of fraud that have been proven to some degree, goes beyond the Tabulation Center. CEP members and judges of the Electoral Tribunal are accused of accepting large sum of money in exchange for legislative positions in the new parliament. Many damning evidence was provided by the accusers, including bank receipts showing money being deposited into the account of these officials. 

For the mission to be credible, it must be given the power to investigate all allegations of fraud, including those made ​​against the CEP staff and judges of the Electoral Tribunal, so that all candidates who have offered money for a favor, as well as state officials found to have accepted these monetary favors in exchange for political support can be held accountable. 

These candidates must not only be eliminated from the race, they must also face formal criminal charges. As for the shameful officials, they must be relieved of their duties in order to face justice, before the second round of the presidential election can take place.

The next government of Haiti requires much more than the seal of approval of the international community, it must have real legitimacy.

The legitimacy that will put Haiti on the path to social stability and economic progress after decades of poverty and political instability.