The Organization of American States has asked Haitian President Réne Préval to delay announcing election results until an international panel of experts can review the vote, officials said Saturday.
Final results from the Nov. 28 first round—showing which of the top three quarreling candidates would go on to a January runoff—were expected Monday. Holding off an announcement would postpone conflicts between supporters, which resulted in riots and deadly clashes this month. But the panel of up to five electoral, legal and information-technology experts has not even been formed, and waiting for its review could drag into the new year.
OAS chief Joée Miguel Insulza asked Préval for the delay.
Préval agreed to submit the request to Haiti’s provisional electoral council after “intense discussions” between the OAS, electoral officials, business leaders, observers, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, and resident ambassadors in Haiti, the OAS said in a statement.
Préval’s office could not be reached for comment Saturday.
The first round of the election suffered from low turnout, fraud, rampant disorganization, violence and voter intimidation. Nearly 4 percent of polling place tally sheets used to calculate the results were thrown out for alleged fraud at the tabulation center, Ramdin said.
Rioting followed preliminary results that showed singer Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly eliminated in favor of ruling-party candidate Jude Celestin by less than 1 percent. Former first lady Mirlande Manigat was in first place.
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