The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) had named former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70, a law professor, and Jude Celestin, President Rene Preval’s protégé, as the front runners in the disputed November 28 presidential elections.
The two-candidate run-off was scheduled to take place on January 16, but results have yet to be finalized from the first round of voting that was criticized for low turnout, fraud, violence and voter intimidation.
According to a Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) report on Sunday 9th December, Bellerive said, “We want to have a strong government when we leave … whoever is going to win the election to have the full support of the international community.”
“The OAS and CARICOM are two serious regional organisations. Let’s agree that they are coming in Haiti, because I should ask them to come to re-evaluate with us and give some advice on how we should eventually consider the examination,” Bellerive said following talks with Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
Golding said it is in the interest of the region for Haiti to be stable.