Electoral Commission ignores OAS advice


The Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti has decided to ignore the advice of the Organization of American States (OAS) election report and continue with a runoff between Mirlande Manigat and ruling party candidate Jude Celestin.

Following the 28th November 2010 poll there had been unrest concerning exactly who had come second in the first round. Whilst Mirlande Manigat received 31.37% the final official figures suggested that Jude Celestin had received 22.48% and popular local musician Michel Martelly had 21.84%.

Because of the unrest President Preval asked the OAS to carry out a full investigation and report back to him. The final OAS report stated that there should be a runoff and that it should be between Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly.

Another prominent organisation, The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) said that the first round was fatally flawed and that any runoff would be meaningless.

No date for the second round has been announced and further unrest and violence can be expected.

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