Haiti announces vote recheck
HAITI: Haiti's electoral authorities said Thursday they would
urgently recheck vote tally sheets from the Caribbean country's troubled
presidential elections to try to defuse a dispute over the results that
has triggered nationwide unrest.
The move followed violent protests since Tuesday by supporters of
popular musician and presidential candidate Michel Martelly, who was
eliminated from a deciding run-off in results released by the
Provisional Electoral Council.
At least four people were killed in this week's unrest, which has
dimmed international hopes that the U.N.-backed elections held on Nov.
28 could create stability for Haiti as it struggles to recover from a
devastating January earthquake.
In a statement, the electoral council said the review by a special
commission, including international observers, would verify tally sheets
of votes cast for the top three contenders Mirlande Manigat, Jude
Celestin and Martelly.
Representatives of all three candidates said they welcomed the
electoral authority's initiative to clear up doubts about the results.
The council's preliminary results from the Nov. 28 elections were
released late on Tuesday and showed former first lady Manigat and
government technocrat Celestin going through to a final decisive
presidential run-off in January.
Entertainer "Sweet Micky" Martelly had finished third, less than a
percentage point behind Celestin, according to these results which have
been rejected by Martelly.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Friday, Reuters