Haiti: Court Orders Preliminary Review of Election Results

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Caribbean 360 is reporting Haiti’s president-elect Jovenel Moïse, who was announced as winner of last month’s presidential election, is still facing challenges from opposition parties. The author writes:

“Three opposition parties have been successful in challenging the November 20 election results which saw the banana exporter, who was chosen by former president Michel Martelly to represent his party, taking 55.67 per cent of the vote.

The country’s electoral court last night ordered a review.

The three main opposition candidates — Jude Celestin who won 19.52 per cent of the vote, Jean-Charles Moïse who got 11.04 per cent and Maryse Narcisse who managed only 8.99 per cent — challenged the tally giving more than 55 per cent of the November 20 vote to Moise, , Tet Kale (PHTK).

Judges for the National Bureau of Electoral Litigation (BCEN) said they considered it ‘necessary to shine a light to establish the truth’ and therefore ordered the ballots to be ‘transported to the tabulation centre for the verification of 12 per cent of the results.’

The decision followed lengthy arguments by lawyers for the opposition candidates and more than five hours of deliberation by the judges.”

Read more at Caribbean 360.

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