Former president Martelly’s PHTK party declared victory, despite the continuation of ballot counting by Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). With partial voting returns, PHTK spokesman precipitously declared the election victorious for Jovenel Moise; “hundreds” of Fanmi Lavalas supporters in Port-au-Prince also claim they secured victory in Maryse Narcisse. CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned directly after polls closed Sunday of provisional and incomplete returns “should not be used to predict the result.” State Department spokesman John Kirby encouraged preparing a second round vote if needed and a new president “in early 2017” in Haiti.
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Rival parties claim victory in Haiti’s presidential election
American Foreign Press, France 24
November 22nd, 2016
But Haiti is not yet free of the fear that this year’s attempt to choose a leader will end as it did in 2015, when election results were cancelled amid protests and reports of massive fraud.
In the meantime Haiti has had an interim leader, Jocelerme Privert, who was chosen by the legislature.
But Haiti must wait to find out if a split in opposition support has given Moise an early victory. The CEP is not due to report official tallies for eight days.
CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned Sunday after polls closed that partial returns cited on the group’s online tally are provisional and incomplete and should not be used to predict the result.
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