Publication of results of Haiti presidential election postponed

Publication of results of Haiti presidential election postponed

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Presidential ballot verification underway in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — In a note from Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Uder Antoine, the executive director, informed “the general population, political parties, political groups and candidates for the presidency in particular” that, due to the verification process and the different phases of the electoral dispute, “the publication of the final results of the November 20 presidential election, scheduled for Thursday, December 29, 2016, is postponed to Tuesday, January 3, 2017.”

With regard to the contemporaneous legislative elections, he indicated, “The results of the complementary legislative (Senators) and those of the third of the Senate, will be published progressively from 29 December 2016…”

On Wednesday, following requests for recusals of the five judges of the electoral court filed by losing candidates Jude Célestin (LAPEH) and Jean-Charles Moïse (Pitit Dessalin), the members of the CEP, meeting in a extraordinary session, after deliberation took the decision to reject the request for recusals and announced the resumption of the verification of the minutes at the Vote Tabulation Centre (CTV) from Wednesday at 6:00 pm, HaitiLibre reported.

In a statement issued on Wednesday at 4 pm, Nicole Siméon, the CEP spokesperson, confirmed, “The CEP, after deliberation, rejected the recusal requests by protesters presidential candidates ‘because of lateness and unfounded’. Accordingly, the verifications will resume at CTV at 6:00 pm tonight.”

When ballot verification was suspended on Tuesday, 261 Procès Verbaux (PV), the official voters lists, remained to be processed to complete the 12% of PV to be verified.

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