PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced it would publish finalized results of the first round of presidential elections on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
The publication of definitive results was originally scheduled for Thursday, December 29, but according to the note from the CEP administration, signed by General Director Uder Antoine, the postponement was to allow for review of the results of the electoral disputes and hearings since filed by the political parties.
However, many unnamed sources have been cited in news outlets saying that the postponing of the publication was mainly due to pressure facing the electoral council. The CEP feels it would have to prove the integrity of the election tabulation process in the wake of accusations that it would have taken pay from groups and partisan of the Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) candidate, Jovenel Moïse, who is expected to be declared president-elect.
As for finalized results from legislative elections, the CEP said it would be publishing them gradually from Thursday, December 29th.
The Provisional Electoral Council also announced Wednesday that they had rejected, as out of time and unfounded, motions made by the disputing parties for the recusal of the tribunal at the National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) on Tuesday. The claims were that the had “legitimate suspicion of bias characterized and conflict of interest.”
Two of the disputing parties, Pitit Dessalines and the Alternative League for Progress and Emancipation of Haiti (LAPEH), were allowed to resume the verification process on new bases they had put forward.