Haiti: Release of official presidential election results postponed to Jan. 3

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse during an interview with reporters shortly after the results of the election were released, Nov 29. 2016. PHOTO/AFP

Electoral officials in Haiti have delayed the publication of the final, certified results of last month’s disputed presidential election.
Electoral officials announced late Wednesday night that they will release the results on January 3.

A preliminary tally gave a big victory to Jovenel Moïse, the candidate backed by Haiti’s previous president. He topped his closest challenger by more than 385,000 votes in the election.

Only 21 percent of Haiti’s voters participated in the election, which was called after an October 2015 election was annulled when a special commission reported finding what appeared to be significant fraud and misconduct. Moïse also finished first in that vote count.

Last week, the Electoral Court ordered a review of the preliminary results of the elections, handing a lifeline to 3 political parties that have been challenging the victory of businessman Jovenel Moïse.

The Electoral Court, in its ruling, ordered that 12 percent of randomly drawn presidential minutes be verified and that the verification exercise be carried out in the presence of the parties concerned and the national and international electoral observation organizations. The court had set no deadline for completing the process.

Haiti has been without an elected head of state ever since Michel Martelly left office in February this year.

The country is being run by Interim President Jocelerme Privert, who has called on all parties to accept the results of the poll. -(CMC)