Célestin and others issue elections ultimatum in Haiti | Miami Herald

“The G8 is convinced that honest, free, transparent and democratic elections cannot be obtained under the presidency of Joseph Michel Martelly without changes in the [Provisional Electoral Council], without a changes in some units of the [Haiti National Police] and the command at departmental offices, and without the end of reprisals and repression by police against peaceful demonstrators,” the candidates wrote.Two presidential candidates, participating in protests, were recently hurt when police fired on the crowd to disperse them. Protesters, meanwhile, have been complaining about about arrests and intimidation by a specialized police unit.The candidates ended the statement by calling on the population “to continue to exercise its right to peacefully demonstrate to enforce its will and not to give into blackmail, intimidation and manipulation.” Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in growing and violent protests over the Oct. 25 presidential results amid allegations that the vote was plagued by “massive” fraud.The candidates’ statement comes after days of meetings and speculation about whether Célestin will accept to go into the Dec. 27 presidential runoff against government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise. There is also a question about the coalition of opposition presidential candidates that he’s brought together would back him up should he choose to go.

Source: Miami Herald

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