Candidates trailing in polls have all claimed voter fraud. Candidates and followers of the trailing parties are contesting the results by way of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests.
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Most Candidates Scorn Vote Results, but Unity Remains Elusive
Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté
November 11, 2015
Other than Jovenel Moïse of the ruling Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK), almost all of the other 53 Haitian presidential candidates reject the Oct. 25 election’s preliminary results announced by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Nov. 5.
However, the candidates’ tactics for redressing what many observers also say are fraudulent and non-transparent vote counts differ widely. The result is a disjointed array of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests which appear, until now, to leave the CEP, as well as the regime of President Michel Martelly and his backers in Washington, unmoved and unalarmed.
Supposedly based on the results of 94.3% of the 13,725 voting bureaus’ tallies (procès verbal), the CEP put Mr. Moïse in the lead with 32.81% of the votes (511,992), trailed by Jude Célestin of the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation (LAPEH) with 25.27% (394,390), then Moïse Jean-Charles of the Dessalines Children Platform (Pitit Dessalines) with 14.27% (222,646), and Maryse Narcisse of the Lavalas Family (FL) with 7.05% (110,049).
The remaining 50 candidates all polled under 4% of the vote (57,000), with 45 of those under 1%. Only the top two candidates, Mr. Moïse and Mr. Célestin, would go to the run-off on Dec. 27.
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