Two more candidates disqualified from Haiti elections

Disqualified for disrupting voting process

Two more candidates have been disqualified by election authorities for disrupting the voting process in the August 9 legislative elections. This brings the total number of barred candidates to 16.

Late Wednesday, the council announced it decided to disqualify Lubern Pierre of President Michel Martelly’s political party and Jackson Momplaisir of the LAPEH faction. They were both running for deputy posts. Election officials said Pierre displayed “aggression” toward two officials on Election Day, and Momplaisir was accused of assault and other disruptions.

Voters in the legislative election were filling two-thirds of the 30-member Senate and the entire 119-member Chamber of Deputies.

Despite stating that preminary results would have been published last week, results have not been released. The balloting was considered a test run for the first round of Haiti’s presidential election and the second round of local elections, scheduled for October 25.

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