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Presidential Runoff Vote Postponed Again in Haiti

LADB Article ID: 79970
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2016-05-05
By: George Rodríguez

If a good runoff presidential election is to be held in Haiti, it must be postponed––again. Such is the official reasoning behind the latest delay in a crucial vote for a country currently run by an interim government and in urgent need for normalcy to replace crisis as a way of political life. The first round in the presidential election took place on Oct. 25, 2015. According to official figures released by the Conseil Électoral Provisoire (Provisional Election Council, CEP), Jovenel Moïse, of the then-ruling Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (Haitian Bald Head Party, PHTK), received the highest voter support among the 54 candidates, with 32.76%. He was followed by Jude Célestin, of the opposition Ligue Alternative pour le Progrès et l’Émancipation Haïtienne (Alternative League for Haitian Progress and Emancipation, LAPEH), who managed 25.29%. A runoff was scheduled for Dec. 27. But the official numbers immediately came under severe criticism from candidates of the opposition parties, headed by Célestin, who demanded a vote re-count and described the figures as a “ridiculous farce.” Célestin announced he would not be taking part in the runoff. The controversy triggered a series of further postponements, the latest to April 24

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