Runoff Vote in Haiti to be delayed

According to a report on www.caribneannewsnow.com, the two-candidate runoff was scheduled to be held on January 16, nearly two months after the first round of voting resulted in weeks of unrest following allegations of electoral fraud.

But election officials said on Tuesday 4th December that they need more time to prepare after the results of the recount are released.

“It will be materially impossible to hold the run-off on January 16,” Pierre-Louis Opont, director general of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council, told the Reuters news agency.

“From the date of the publication of the final results of the first round, we will need at least one month to hold the run-off.”

But he could not say when the final results of the November 28 first round might be announced; saying only that this would follow the report by the Organisation of American States (OAS) experts and completion of the process that deals with challenges to the results.

Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the capital, Port-Au-Prince, said that the announcement is not unsurprising.

“It is not surprising if you consider the chaos that followed the vote on November 28 and the widespread claims of irregularity in voting centres across the country 1/8which3/8 just put the whole process into doubt.

“So what has happened here is that the regional experts from the OAS have now been brought in to get these votes recounted and this is what is causing the delay.

“The question now is how this will all play out on the streets … if you think back to the early days of December when 1/8the election3/8 results were put into doubt and the widespread protests that erupted across Haiti.

“There really is a lot of confusion; no one seems to know what is going on.”

 

 

 

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