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Haiti PM advises president to form electoral commission

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Lindor Kerby, a Radio Tele Timoun journalist, is helped by demonstrators after UN Peacekeepers from Brazil fired teargas during a protest against the country's electoral council, to mark the 25th anniversary of first democratic election in 1990, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday.


Haiti's prime minister said a special commission should be created to review contested elections before a December 27 presidential and legislative runoff can be held.

Evans Paul said the commission should have three days to produce its recommendations to Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council and the government.

Paul posted a message on his Twitter account early yesterday said he's advised President Michel Martelly that it's now necessary to "ensure the credibility of the process," He did not detail how commission members would be chosen.

He said "credible, transparent and inclusive" elections are a must.

Number-two presidential candidate Jude Celestin's opposition alliance has been calling for an independent review of October elections for weeks. The electoral office has rejected their demands.