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At least five electoral offices were burned in northern Haiti, and many cars were torched around Port-au-Prince earlier today, just six days before the second round of the presidential election.

Many participants in the protests launched by the opposition to denounce the process they say is tainted by irregularities and fraud; threw stones at parked cars and houses, leaving behind many serious material damage.

The message of the protesters was clear they want the remaining members of the CEP to resign so that a new electoral council can organize the second round. They ask the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly, to honor his word and implement all the recommendations of the Electoral Evaluation Commission the president himself had set up to help find a solution to the current crisis .


Last week, Jude Celestin, the candidate who supposedly came in second in the first round, emphasizes the need for the CEP to implement the recommendations of the independent commission on the first round of presidential and legislative. He argued that the conditions are not met for the holding of fair and credible elections. Although Jude Celestin has repeatedly said the he will not participate, he never formally withdrew his candidacy from the race, leaving him as an official candidate on the ballot.

As for Jovenel Moise, the candidate supported by the government strongly condemned the burning of electoral offices. He discourages violence and calls on the population to go to the polls en masse on January 24 to make their voices heard, at a press conference in which no questions were allowed.

While there is uncertainty a few days before the elections, the leader of the CEP, Pierre Louis Opont began planning the distribution of electoral materials for an election that will cost, according to official figures, U $ 90 million.


The CEP, charged with organizing the election saw his own ordeal these days. Two of its nine members have resigned and one has been suspended for accepting bribery.