PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – With all signs pointing towards the electoral council maintaining the preliminary presidential election results, making Jovenel Moïse President-elect of Haiti, the candidate, himself, called out his opponents, saying their behavior has levied a heavy toll on the country. Mr. Moïse made the remarks during a press conference Friday following one of a series of Christmas gift-giving events held in Port-au-Prince.
“We are in the majority. We are the strongest and the most tempered, but we are not going to backtrack,” said Mr. Moïse, the candidate for Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK). “Only through the elections that one must take power… the behavior of my competitors has cost the country a lot. If you want to run the country, you will have to wait for the next five years,” he said.
The former CEO of the publicly-funded, private enterprise, AgriTrans S.A., spoke a day after representatives for political parties disputing the election results had abandoned a vote verification process initiated by their pleadings to the National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN). The three parties have called for street demonstrations to prevent the release of definitive election results which would confirm Mr. Moïse as the president-elect of Haiti.
“The people have finished voting. The chose their leader. They voted Jovenel Moïse. They have placed me President in the first round,” he said, as he hailed the “courage and determination of the Haitian people who have just passed through a great obstacle,” referring to the do-over elections.
Jovenel Moïse was declared winner, with 33%, in the 2015 elections that was marred by widespread violence and massive voter fraud to the tune of 92% of tally sheets. The same disputing political parties in 2016 had, following the first round of the 2015 presidential elections, held daily demonstrations, that sometimes turned violent, costed the lives of at least six young adults, in an effort to halt the completion of that election cycle for a verification. But for the toll the events of 2015 caused, those parties never sought for the administration of justice against the orchestrators of the fraud, which did cost a great deal of their own credibility.
“Enemies of democracy,” Jovenel Moïse called them, claiming he would rather opt for peace and stability. “We do not agree that we should use violence for nothing, that we crush the windscreens of cars in the streets, make barricades of inflamed tires or kill… that is why you [the people] gave me power,” Moïse said, “by announcing a reform to modernize Haitian legislation for the better development of society.”