PORT-AU-PRINCE – Jovenel Moise of the Tet Kale Party (PHTK) won the presidential elections held in Haiti on Nov. 20 with 55.67 percent of the votes, according to preliminary results released on Monday by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).
Jude Celestin of the Alternative League for Progress and the Haitian Emancipation (LAPEH) is in second place with 19.52 percent of the votes while Moise Jean-Charles of Platfom Pitit Desalin secured 11.04 percent, and Marysse Narcisse, of the Fanmi Lavalas Party, 8.99 percent.
If these preliminary results are confirmed, there will be no need for the second round of elections scheduled for January 2017 since Jovenel Moise would have secured the 50 percent plus 1 vote needed to win the election outright.
Haiti went to polls on Nov. 20 amid devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October and after a year-long political crisis following an annulled election last year over alleged irregularities.
In the elections, held on Oct. 25, 2015, Jovenel Moise got 32.81 percent of the votes while Jude Celestin secured 25.27 percent.
Hours before the results of the recently held elections were declared, interim president Jocelerme Privert urged all political parties to comply with the electoral decree and use all legal means to appeal the election results if they were not satisfied with the outcome.
Privert added that the country was in a crisis and needed stability and expressed confidence that Haitians will exhibit political maturity to allow a peaceful transfer of power.
Last week, Jude Celestin and Maryse Narcisse wrote to the CEP reporting alleged irregularities on election day.
A total of 27 candidates ran for president in the recently held elections.
Since Feb. 15, 2016, a provisional government, led by Privert, has been running the country, following the conclusion of the term of former President Michel Martelly without the election of a successor.