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Haiti's special electoral body cite fraud in 2015 presidential tallies

Haiti's special electoral body cite fraud in 2015 presidential tallies

Haiti

A special commission investigating the disputed 2015 presidential election in Haiti is recommending throwing out the disputed results of last year’s first-round presidential election and holding a new vote

Members of the verification commission said they had audited a quarter of the 13,000 tally sheets from polling stations in their search for fraud.

The commission found out that the number of votes that could not be traced almost exceeded the number of legitimate votes obtained by politicians.

The commission was formed by interim President Jocelerme Privert, who took power in February amid the continuing electoral impasse due to a widespread perception of electoral fraud.

Haiti has been mired in a deep political crisis since the election process was halted in January amid violence.

Four run-off deadlines have been missed so far, on some occasions leading to violent unrest throughout the country.

A final decision on restarting the election from scratch will be made by a revamped Provisional Electoral Council, which is due to announce a new election date.