Haitian Election Results Valid Despite Doubts by Opposition Candidates

Por Dialogo
diciembre 01, 2010

Haiti’s Electoral College announced that results from the presidential election held on Sunday, November 28, were valid, despite accusations of fraud by the majority of the candidates who had called for the election to be annulled.

“The electoral process has been closed and was achieved”, declared the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Gaillot Dorsainvil, during a press conference.

The CEP noted that results from 56 voting centers, out of a total of 1,500 polling stations, had been annulled.

The CEP “will be in a position to present an analysis [on the voting] after its members return from rural areas [of the country] within three days” and “thanks the population for having taken part in this democratic process” he added.

Hours earlier, thousands of Haitians had demonstrated in the capital, Port-au-Prince, calling for the legislative and presidential elections to be annulled, thinking the results had been rigged by the party of outgoing President, René Preval.

The United Nations, for its part, urged voters to remain calm and expressed its “profound concern over the numerous” acts of violence in the country.