With just a few days before Haitians go to the polls to elect a new parliament, there are reports of violence, the withdrawal of candidates and the National Identification Office (ONI) reminding citizens to ensure that they collect their documents ahead of the August 9 poll. Over the weekend, Germain Fils Alexandre, who is contesting the position of deputy of Petit-Goâve under the VERITE banner, said he and his team were attacked, and accused his opponent, Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, from the PHTK Party, of organising the violence. He said he was campaigning in Allègue, a locality in the 10th section of Palmes, when “my team and I were attacked by Thimoléon and its supporters on the road of Palmes”. He said his vehicles were stoned and damaged and some supporters were also injured.
Thimoleon has not responded as yet to the allegations, but VERITE said that it was demanding justice and calling on the police to investigate the situation in order for there to be peaceful elections in Petit-Goâve.
Meanwhile, Getheau Lindor, a candidate for the Konvansyon Inite Demokratik (KID) party, who is also seeking to become deputy of Petit-Goâve, has announced his withdrawal from the race.