Haitian President Promises Fair Election

Jan. 1, 2010, midnight

Haiti - Jan 1 - Addressing voters on Haiti's independence holiday, President Rene PREVAL said legislative elections on February 28 would be free and fair. The statement comes after opposition politicans threatened to interfere with voting, responding to election authorities' disqualification of 15 groups last month, including the popular Fanmi Lavalas Party on paperwork technicalities. While Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE, has made paperwork errors in the past, its leaders allege favoritism by the Provisional Electoral Council, which the President appoints, for PREVAL'S Unity Party.

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