Vote Rigging Allegations Mar Haiti Election
In Haiti, Sunday’s presidential election was marred by widespread reports of voting fraud and chaos. Twelve of Haiti’s 19 presidential candidates have called for peaceful protests against what they described as “massive fraud.” The candidates accused Haitian President Rene Preval of trying to steal the election and install his chosen candidate, Jude Celestin. The election was Haiti’s first since January’s devastating earthquake and the recent cholera outbreak. Anne Marie Josette Bijou is among the presidential candidates calling for a new election.
Anne Marie Josette Bijou: “We, the candidates to the presidency of the Republic of Haiti, before the Haitian people and the international committee, want to denounce all of the fraud that has been going on all over the country. We have a system in which we have detected fraud. We suggest the suspension of the electoral process.”