Haiti: new demonstration to challenge the election results

environ-2000-3000-personnes-manifesteSeveral thousand opponents protested Wednesday in Port-au-Prince against the results of the first round of the presidential election of October 25, they call “electoral coup” in favor of those in power.

According to results published on November 24 by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the second round of the presidential election scheduled on December 27 Jovenel oppose Moses, the ruling party candidate, Jude Célestin, the Lapeh party.

In the election on October 25, Jovenel Moses collected 32.76% of votes when its main competitor has obtained 25.29%. But these results are deeply contested by the opposition which denounces the interference of the international community, which has provided assistance to over 30 million for the organization of these elections.

“We realize that we can not move forward without the help of big countries but they can not impose candidates and violating our rights,” protested Pierre Jacquelin, a protester living in disadvantaged areas of the capital .

Approximately 2000 to 3000 people demonstrated Wednesday, one of the largest processions since the announcement of the results of the first round.

A light incident occurred when three peacekeepers have wanted to cross the crowd: their car was pelted with stones and were exfiltrated thanks to the intervention of Haitian police, who used tear gas to keep the crowds from a distance.

Accusations of fraud have increased since the election and organization of the second round of presidential elections on December 27 seems uncertain to face many challenges.

On Tuesday, the Senate (consisting of only a third of its members, due to delays in the electoral calendar) wrote to the President of the Republic Michel Martelly to ask “that the electoral process be suspended until a audit or evaluation commission to shed light on the numerous allegations of fraud. ”

Such commission is claimed for a month by the opposition and is supported by Jude Célestin.

In a letter to the CEP on December 15, it says that “the Evaluation Commission is the necessary step to safeguard the electoral process, guarantee the integrity and prevent the country from sliding into an unprecedented crisis.”

Crunch time for Haiti to ensure the maintenance of constitutional order: the transfer of power between Michel Martelly, the constitution shall conduct two consecutive terms, and his successor to be held February 7, 2016.

Since the end of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, Haiti has an enamelled democratic crisis coups and contested elections that weaken the economic development of the country still marked by the terrible earthquake in January 2010 that killed more than 200 000 dead.

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