Haiti postpones election results

2011-03-30 13:19

kalahari.com

  • Haiti
    Read all about the worlds first black republic. Now R344.95
    buy now

Port-au-Prince - Haitians will have to wait at least a few more days to learn the preliminary results of their presidential election because of alleged irregularities and fraud uncovered at the vote-counting centre, officials said on Tuesday.

While not disclosing specifics, Gaillot Dorsinvil, the president of the Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, issued a brief statement saying officials found a "high level" of fraud and irregularities of various kinds at the tabulation centre in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Dorsinvil said the discovery has prompted lawyers to adopt "more stringent verification measures", causing a delay in counting. He did not describe the alleged problems.

The preliminary results, expected to be out on Thursday, are now expected to be released on Monday, according to Dorsinvil.

First round delayed by chaos, irregularities

International monitors, who are observing the counting process, praised Haiti's March 20 presidential runoff, saying it was in sharp contrast to the November 28 first round that was marred by disorganisation and allegations of widespread fraud.

Voters chose between Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, a popular musician who has never held public office, and Mirlande Manigat, a former first lady and senator and long time fixture on the political scene.

Haitians are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner of this month's runoff vote after last year's first round was delayed because of the chaos and massive irregularities.

The announcement of preliminary results from the disputed first round sparked nearly three days of rioting that shut down the capital.

The Organisation of American States eventually determined those results were flawed and Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council dropped the government-backed candidate from the runoff.

Final results are due April 16.

Quake recovery, cholera crisis

The election comes as Haiti struggles to recover from a cataclysmic earthquake in January 2010 that claimed more than 300 000 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage.

The successor of outgoing President Rene Preval will be in charge of a multibillion-dollar reconstruction effort, along with stemming a deadly cholera outbreak that surfaced in October.

In an effort to avoid the problems that plagued the first round, elections observers are helping to oversee the counting at the voting tabulation centre.

A campaign worker for Manigat wasn't surprised about the delay but held out hopes that poll workers and election observers were doing their best to keep a clean vote.

"The CEP is doing everything it can to correct irregularities," said Smith Joseph, the Manigat campaign worker. "We are waiting to see what's going on."

A campaign worker for Martelly's campaign declined to comment.

- AP

Read more on:    haiti
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

DSTV Mobile iDrifta

The iDrifta is a plug and play mobile DVB-H receiver...

From R445.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.