While about 70 people registered for Haiti’s presidential race, many of them were contested because they hadn’t obtained the clearance (décharge) needed by Parliament, before Parliament became inactive in January 2015. Now, the highly-anticipated list of accepted candidates has been released, excluding the most famous of those who hadn’t received a décharge, former Prime Minister Lamothe.
Haiti Releases Final List of Presidential Candidates
Associated Press, ABC News
June 12, 2015
Haiti’s electoral council has released a final list of presidential candidates allowed to participate in the upcoming general elections.
Officials released the list of 58 names on Friday after rejecting 13 candidates.
Excluded from the list is former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. A judicial panel previously ruled that he failed to receive a government document certifying that he handled public funds appropriately while prime minister from 2012 until late 2014.
Haiti is expected to hold local elections in August followed by the first round of presidential elections in October and a final round in December.
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