60% of votes from the second round of elections, which took place 20th March, were sent this Thursday to the Legal Control Unit (UCL) of the Centre for Vote Counting in order to be checked.
This percentage means a total of 15,200 votes.
The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haití said that among the problems encountered in the reports were illegibile writing on ballot papers and a number of voters which exceeded the number officially enrolled by the CEP. For its part, the Organisation of American States (OEA) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) said that some 1,500 papers had been discounted during the checking process. The country’s electoral authority recognised that the number of compaints on irregularities exceeded those during the first round of elections.
The CEP decided to postpone the publication of the preliminary results from 31st March until 4th April.
The Observation Committee of the OEA said that they had noted a “significant increase” in votes sent to the UCL in comparison with the first round, when only 10% were checked. And it explained that this increase is due to “stricter criteria.”
The preliminary results from the first round had to be modified after numerous complaints of fraud. After the vote, both candidates who took part, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly, declared themselves the winner.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.