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.
While not disclosing specifics, Gaillot Dorsinvil, the
president of the Haiti`s Provisional Electoral Council, issued
a brief statement yesterday saying officials found a "high level" of fraud and irregularities of various kinds at the tabulation center 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 are now expected to be released Monday, according to Dorsinvil. They were expected to
be released Thursday.
International monitors, who are observing the counting
process, praised Haiti`s March 20 presidential runoff, saying
it was in sharp contrast to the Nov. 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 longtime
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