The Haitian government confirmed Thursday, January 21 maintaining the second round of the presidential election on Sunday despite the refusal of the opposition to participate and violence fears.
President Michel Martelly took speaking in an address to the nation broadcast on Thursday night and denied that his country does not sink “in chaos”
“Since I was sworn in 2011, I always said I was going from 7 February 2016. This is why we want the 24 January is respected. Elections must be conducted and will be conducted in the order and discipline. “
For two months, the opposition denounces ” a glance State election “ fomented by Mr. Martelly, who can not claim a second consecutive term under the Constitution.
Jude Celestin, who came second in the first round on October 25 with 25 29% of the vote, refuses to participate in Sunday’s election, calling it a “farce”: “it will not be an election, it will be a selection because there will be only one candidate” .
The opposition suspected cheating in the first round, which allowed the government candidate Jovenel Moses to harvest 32.76% of votes. The Independent Commission electoral assessment – created at the request of the opposition after the first round – concluded that the elections had been “flawed” . She also criticized the competence and training of members of polling stations that “60% were not able to properly perform the required work” .
Several thousand opponents demonstrated Monday and Tuesday in the capital against the holding of these elections, blocking several streets of the city center with barricades, causing muscular clashes with police.