Haiti Lost Time, Millions To Annulled Election: Candidate


Haiti lost time, millions to annulled election: candidate

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) - Haiti presidential hopeful Jovenel Moise, the top finisher in last fall's invalidated polls, has lamented the time and money lost to the annulled election in the poorest country in the Americas.

Moise -- former president Michel Martelly's hand-picked candidate -- won 32.8 percent of the October 25 vote. But the results were tossed by the government after an independent commission concluded the vote had been plagued by "massive fraud." To avoid a power vacuum until the next vote can be held, the country's parliament named Jocelerme Privert as interim president after Martelly left office in February.

"The country lost $100 million and we have lost a year," Moise told AFP on Tuesday, recalling the cost of the 2015 election. The first round of the rescheduled presidential election is set for October 9, with a second round on January 8.

Nearly 6.2 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots. Moise, a 48-year-old entrepreneur, had never worked in politics before spring 2015, when he was tapped by Martelly to represent the PHTK party in the presidential election.