PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Money for protests in favor of the ruling party candidate, Jovenel Moïse, was poorly distributed by the Departmental Delegate of the Artibonite which caused a manifestation in Saint Marc, in favor of the continuation of the electoral process, as is, to not be held.
On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont had called a cancellation of the elections. Candidate Jovenel Moïse and the Martelly regime had continued spending millions (allegedly in State funds) to campaign through this day.
In Port-au-Prince, particularly Petion Ville, about two dozen individuals did receive their 1,000 HTG ($16.67 USD) to protest and did so wearing Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) t-shirts over their heads to hide their identities.
In the town of Port-de-Paix, Nord Ouest, a protest of a few hundred was able to be held but was criticized by locals which took exception to the use of school buses to ship in protesters, who also are alleged to have been paid.
According to sources, the Martelly regime had released 300 million HTG ($5,000,000 USD) in State funds for mobilizations aimed at continuing the electoral process with Jovenel Moïse, who is accused of massive electoral fraud.
The movements which are, thus far, only garnering tepid participation, are also aimed at keeping Martelly in power past the end of his mandate on February 7, 2016 until the electoral contests are held.