PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Fanmi Lavalas’ presidential candidate, Maryse Narcisse, did not participate in Tuesday’s presidential debate because she “did not wish to share the stage with certain candidates” according to her campaign’s coordinator.
The explanation was given by campaign coordinator, former Deputy Yvon Feuille, in an interview with Majik 9 on Wednesday morning.
In a later interview, Feuille specified that Narcisse was concerned about candidates who have matters before justice. To this, he mentioned the No. 5, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) candidate, Jovenel Moïse, who was suggested by a UCREF report to have had hundreds of thousands of dollars transferred through his accounts over the past decade.
For the record, Moïse is neither under investigation or the subject of any criminal proceeding. The UCREF report suggests that Moïse may have been participating in money laundering but this is an allegation of political opponents, not yet any judicial authorities.
The former senator also cited logistical reasons for the absence of Maryse Narcisse from the debate. He added that the party did not have a chance to assess the premises where the event would take place.
The former parliamentarian also spoke disruptions of rallies organized by Lavalas in the departments of Nord and Artibonite as due to the absence of the candidate.
GIAP, the organization managing the debates had invited six candidates to participate in the first presidential debate. There were, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, Jean Henry Ceant, Jude Celestin, Jean-Charles Moise, Jovenel Moise, and Maryse Narcisse.
On the morning of the debate, GIAP said it had not received confirmation of Narcisse’s attendance.