Last week, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council announced the preliminary results for the first round of presidential elections. They named the candidate backed by president Martelly as the forerunner, followed by the candidate from former president Preval’s party. Many organizations and candidates are disputing the results because of the rampant fraud during election day, October 25. The international community seems concerned that the Martelly candidate will somehow declare himself president without proceeding to the runoff election in December.
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Haiti Announces Preliminary Election Results, but Race Far From Settled
Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch
November 6, 2015
Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced preliminary results from the October 25 presidential elections yesterday evening, showing the government-backed Jovenel Moïse and former state construction company director Jude Célestin in the top two places, paving the way for a face-off between the two candidates in the second round of the elections scheduled for December 27.
Of the roughly 1.6 million Haitians who voted (roughly 26 percent of registered voters), Moïse received 32.8 percent of the vote while Célestin received 25.3 percent, according to the preliminary results announced by the CEP. Moïse Jean-Charles, an opposition leader, received 14.3 percent to finish in third while Dr. Maryse Narcisse of the Fanmi Lavalas party of twice-ousted Jean Bertrand Aristide came in fourth with just over 7 percent of the vote.
After violence and fraud plagued first-round legislative elections in August, more than 73 percent of registered voters stayed home on election day this time – a similar rate as what was seen in the flawed 2010 presidential elections, but far below turnout in previous presidential elections such as in 2000 and 2006, which was closer to 60 percent.
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