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Haiti’s Rival Parties Claim Victory in Elections

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

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Two of Haiti’s biggest parties stoked tension on Monday by claiming victory for their candidates in a long-delayed presidential election days before official results are due to be released.Nearly 6.2 million people were eligible to vote in the Caribbean nation, parts of which are still struggling to recover from a devastating hurricane, and long lines formed Sunday as many cast their ballots.There were scattered reports of civil unrest and a small number of arrests, but order generally held, boosting hopes that at long last institutions may be renewed and constitutional rule returned.

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.

Former president Michel Martelly‘s mandate expired after last year’s cancelled poll, but his party is still keen to see his anointed successor Jovenel Moise take office.

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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