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Two Candidates Win in First Round Legislative Elections

Due to extremely low voter turnout, violence and other irregularities, many are calling for a rerun of Haiti’s first round of legislative elections (originally August 9, 2015). Now, two candidates who challenged their positions in the preliminary results have been named Senators of the Artibonite and West departments. Some say that without a re-vote, none of the election results released will be legitimate.

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Haiti elections officials: Two senators elected in Aug. 9 balloting

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

September 28, 2015

Two candidates for Haiti’s Senate who challenged their preliminary standing in last month’s fraud and violence-plagued legislative elections have won their challenges.

Former Sen. Youri Latortue and newcomer Jean Renel Senatus, an ex-government prosecutor known by his crime-fighting nickname “Zokiki,” were deemed winners Sunday after the National Bureau of Electoral Litigation (BCEN) upheld a lower court’s decision that both had received enough votes against challengers to represent the Artibonite and West departments, respectively.

The decision was posted late Sunday on the Provisional Electoral Council’s website. It came a month after the elections for 10 Senate seats and 129 in the lower Chamber of Deputies. Council members spent hours in deliberations for most of Sunday, unsure of how to handle the rulings, fearing publishing them would trigger more protests.


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