The body in charge of Haiti’s elections, the Provisional Electoral Council, has named the government-backed candidate as the winner of the first-round presidential elections but the Haitian people are unsatisfied: Given the massive fraud that occurred on election day, many are calling for an independent investigation of the elections and are taking to the streets to make their demands. This article synthesizes many of these issues.
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Controversial Haiti presidential candidate Jovenel Moise makes Miami stop
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
November 22, 2015
Haitian President Michel Martelly’s hand-picked successor, Jovenel Moise, defended his preliminary first-place presidential finish in last month’s elections Sunday while pushing back calls for his removal or cancellation of the vote because of fraud.
“The people went out and voted the banana man and the Tabulation Center counted the tally sheets,” Moise told the Miami Herald, referring to himself by his campaign moniker, “Nèg Bannann.”
Moise visited South Florida on Sunday where he held a press conference at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami and met with the diaspora. While thanking them for their support, he touted his vision as well as Martelly’s four-and-a-half years in office. He called his political rise “a phenomenon.”