Presidential candidate Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat will face each other in a January 16 run-off vote, Haitian officials said on Tuesday, as disenfranchised voters launched new protests in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
AP - Government-backed candidate Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat will advance to a second-round runoff in Haiti’s presidential election, officials announced Tuesday as furious protests led by supporters of the third-place candidate broke out in the capital.
Much of the concern centered around conflicts between the announced results and those reported recently by a local election monitoring group financed by the European Union -- the National Observation Council -- which said that Celestin, a protege of outgoing President Rene Preval, would be eliminated.
The Nov. 28 election was plagued by allegations of fraud. Thousands of voters were disenfranchised by confusion on the rolls and there were many reported incidents of ballot-stuffing, violence and intimidation confirmed by international observers.
Martelly had said that he would not accept a spot in a run-off in which Celestin is present. His campaign had no immediate comment. It called a late Tuesday night press conference but later canceled it for security reasons.
Date created : 2010-12-08