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
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.
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