Hai­ti­an elec­ti­on coun­cil: Pu­nish­ment for can­di­da­tes de­cla­ring sel­ves win­ners

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

HAITI - Haiti’s Pro­vi­si­o­nal Elec­ti­on Coun­cil war­ned that it will sanc­ti­on can­di­da­tes who de­cla­re them­sel­ves to be win­ners wit­hout wai­ting for yes­ter­day’s pu­bli­ca­ti­on of of­fi­ci­al re­sults from the na­ti­o­nal elec­ti­ons last week­end.

The coun­cil on Wed­nes­day on­ce again as­ked can­di­da­tes and their sup­por­ters to calm­ly await the re­sults of the pre­si­den­ti­al vo­te, which was held last Sun­day af­ter the Oc­to­ber 2015 elec­ti­on was nul­li­fied due to al­le­ged ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties and re­sche­du­led for Oct. 9, 2016, but then post­po­ned due to the emer­g­en­cy ari­sing with the pas­sa­ge of Hur­ri­ca­ne Mat­thew. In a com­mu­ni­que, the elec­ti­on bo­dy said that it will pu­nish any can­di­da­te or po­li­ti­cal party that or­ga­ni­zes de­mon­stra­ti­ons be­fo­re the of­fi­ci­al re­sults are re­lea­sed. The can­di­da­tes and par­ties in­vol­ved could be ex­pel­led from the elec­ti­on pro­cess, ac­cor­ding to the elec­ti­on de­cree, the coun­cil said. The sta­te­ment was is­sued by elec­ti­on au­tho­ri­ties days af­ter hund­reds of sup­por­ters of La­val­as Fa­mi­ly pre­si­den­ti­al can­di­da­te Ma­ri­se Nar­cis­se took to the streets of Port-au-Prin­ce to pro­claim their can­di­da­te’s al­le­ged win in the Sun­day elec­ti­on. The fol­lo­wers of Nar­cis­se, who ca­me in fourth in the 2015 bal­lo­ting, took to the streets af­ter the PHTK party said that its can­di­da­te, Jove­nel Moi­se, who had co­me in first in the in­va­li­da­ted elec­ti­on, gar­ne­red the most vo­tes on Sun­day. The elec­ti­on bo­dy as­ked the pu­blic not to gi­ve cre­den­ce to claims that so­me po­li­ti­cal par­ties had be­gun to is­sue about the re­sults. Twen­ty-se­ven can­di­da­tes we­re in the run­ning for pre­si­dent in the re­cent elec­ti­on, which al­so in­clu­ded ra­ces for mem­bers of par­li­a­ment.

The Eu­ro­pean Union on Wed­nes­day cal­l­ed upon the elec­ti­on bo­dy to com­ple­te the vo­te count with “full transpa­ren­cy” and said it will con­ti­nue mo­ni­to­ring the elec­ti­on pro­cess via the ex­perts it has de­ploy­ed in Haiti, along with the ana­ly­sis of na­ti­o­nal and in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ob­ser­vers. If no­ne of the pre­si­den­ti­al can­di­da­tes se­cu­res a sim­ple ma­jo­ri­ty, a runoff will be held on Jan. 29. Sin­ce Feb. 15, 2016, a pro­vi­si­o­nal govern­ment he­a­ded by Jo­ce­ler­me Pri­vert, has been lea­ding the coun­try, af­ter the term of Pre­si­dent Mi­chel Mar­tel­ly ex­pi­red wit­hout a suc­ces­sor ha­ving been cho­sen amid the coun­try’s po­li­ti­cal cri­sis. (Fox­news.com)

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