Eight candidates in last month’s disputed presidential election are demanding major changes in Haiti’s electoral system and other agencies, saying if that does not happen, a transitional government should be created to oversee a new vote.

Among those signing the declaration late on Sunday is Jude Celestin, the second-place finisher who is due to face the government-backed candidate in a December 27th runoff.

The eight candidates are demanding an independent recount due to what they assert was massive fraud in favour of the government-backed contender in the October elections.

But Haiti’s election authorities say they lack the authority to appoint an independent panel to verify results.



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