Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul rejected criticisms of the elections held October 25 in the Caribbean country and defended the country's democratic system amid accusations of electoral fraud by some candidates.
“The government is going to respect the results … The result will be a reflection of the will of the people,” Paul told teleSUR in an exclusive interview.
Seven presidential candidates have petitioned the country's electoral authority, known as the CEP, to create an independent commission to investigate alleged irregularities. In a letter to the CEP, the candidates claimed that there were “cases of massive fraud.”
Two of the leading candidates, Jude Celestin and Moise Jean-Charles, were among those who signed the letter.
Paul rejected accusations of fraud, saying that “only the least popular candidates are those who discredit the electoral process.”
Pascal Denis, head of Jude Celestin's campaign, maintained there was fraud, telling teleSUR, “Those in power always commit a fraud, the electoral council is not independent.”
Preliminary results were expected Tuesday, however the electoral authority said in a press release that results would be released Thursday.
The CEP said that it would spend the extra time investigating the numerous fraud complaints received during and after the vote in order to guarantee transparency.