PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (FNN NEWS) – Presidential elections were finally held in Haiti on 20 November 2016 after having been postponed several times.
The elections were overseen by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), and held using the two-round system, with a second round scheduled for 29 January 2017 if no candidate received an absolute majority of the votes in the first round (50% plus one vote). However, on 27 November election officials announced that, according to preliminary results, Jovenel Moïse had won the election in the first round with more than 50% of the vote. Voter turnout was reportedly 21%.
Mr. Moise polled 55.67%, (595,430 votes) well ahead of his closest rival Jude Celestin’s 19.52%, (208,837 votes), provisional electoral council chief Uder Antoine reported. Jean-Charles Moise secured 11.04% and Maryse Narcisse 8.99%.
“I congratulate President-elect Jovenel Moise for this great victory,” stated Dr. Rudy Moise, a prominent Miami doctor. He added that the people of Haiti have spoken, and 55.67% represents a landslide victory and symbolizes the will of the people. “This is a new day and a new beginning for our motherland Haiti. A special thanks to all of the individuals who have responded to our invitation to support Jovenel and share his vision.”
Political parties can challenge the results before Haiti’s electoral tribunal before winners are certified 29 December.
The winner of the elections is set to assume office on 7 February 2017.