PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The candidate for the party of the former totalitarian regime began, on Monday, to express his fear that the newly installed Election Verification Commission may determine he benefited from an electoral fraud operation and therefore recommend he be disqualified from further participation in the elections.
Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) of former President Michel Martelly has been vehemently against the establishment of a commission to verify the results of the 2015 elections. Party members call the commission the Election “Falsification” Commission and, with their allies, announced a nationwide strike for Monday, May 2, 2016, to protest against the commission. For days, party surrogates told the public not to take the streets on that day and stay home.
But it was early in the morning that it seemed Haitians were not willing to support the party’s plea including its candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse. Moïse was live and in studio as an invitee on Radio Television Caraïbes 5:30 am news program with Bob C.
Furthermore, Moïse made an astounding declaration, for the first time saying he was not against the establishment of verification commission. This statement drew the ire among hardline zealots of the Tet Kale regime who spent the days following the declaration somewhat questioning the sincerity of their candidate’s words.
Days gone by did not settle the nerves of the PHTK candidate for president. On Tuesday he appeared at the offices of Le Nouvelliste where he told the news agency that “no one can remove him from the elections.”
But a day later, Moïse contacted the political party of his declared runoff rival, Jude Celestin. Celestin is the catalyst of the movement to have the elections verified. Moïse asked for a meeting with the LAPEH and candidate which was declined.
These happenings were considered strange by radio hosts at Scoop FM, a radio station favorable to the former regime and its party. Marco, while discussing Jovenel Moïse’s actions of the week said these events surely demonstrate a candidate in fear.
The Election Verification Commission has until the end of the month to provide its report on the 2015 electoral contests. The August 9, 2015 legislative elections were marred by widespread violence and ballot box-stuffing. The October 25, 2015 presidential, legislative, and local elections were found to be marred by a massive electoral fraud operation.
92% of tally sheets from the voting centers were found to be fraudulent by an earlier commission but the former administration, backed by the international community, did not sanction the culprits of the fraud.
Haitians took to the streets, bringing the electoral cycle to a halt, until the votes are checked and violating candidates and parties are removed.