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Haitian Bishops and Pastors Join Calls for Election Inquiry

Ever since Haiti’s Electoral Council (CEP) released preliminary results of the first round presidential elections, there has been a standoff between many of the candidates (and their supporters) and the CEP. Many believe that the results should be overturned and an independent investigation launched because of the fraud and other irregularities so far in these elections. The CEP says that it doesn’t have the authority to launch a commission to investigate. There have been constant protests in the streets met with repression by Haitian police forces and now, a group of pastors and Catholic bishops have joined the calls for an investigation as well.

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Concerns widen over Haiti presidential elections impasse

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

November 30, 2015

Two men are detained by national police officers during a protest against the official election results, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday Nov. 26, 2015. The demonstrators are claiming fraud and are demanding that the Oct. 25 first-round presidential election where the top two finishers are government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin be annulled.

Concerns over Haiti’s disputed presidential elections widened Monday when Catholic bishops and a group of pastors joined an alliance of opposition presidential candidates in demanding an inquiry into the vote.

The alliance of eight candidates, led by second-place finisher Jude Célestin and dubbed the G8, reiterated its demand for an independent commission to verify the Oct. 25 presidential vote amid allegations the balloting was tainted by “massive” fraud and irregularities on behalf of frontrunner Jovenel Moise, the government-backed candidate, and his party.

The group in a signed communique issued late Sunday also is demanding sweeping changes in the police hierarchy and electoral system ahead of next month’s planed presidential runoff. Should those changes not occur, they said, they will be left with no other choice but to force a transition government to oversee new elections in Haiti.


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