PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Tuesday declared ruling-party candidate Jovenel Moise the winner of the Nov. 20 presidential election.
The businessman won 55.60 percent of the vote in a field of 28 hopefuls, according to results posted on the CEP Web site.
His main challenger, Jude Celestin, finished second with 19.52 percent, followed by Moise Jean-Charles, with 11.04 percent. Marysse Narcisse, the candidate of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas party, received 9.01 percent of the vote.
The CEP published the certified figures hours after the Electoral Tribunal rejected allegations of massive fraud in the balloting, which saw turnout of around 21 percent, though the court acknowledged the existence of irregularities in the process.
Celestin, Jean-Charles and Narcisse all rejected the provisional results released in late November that showed Moise as the winner.
Incumbent Michel Martelly picked the banana exporter as the ruling PHTK candidate in the October 2015 presidential election. Moise prevailed in that contest, but the results were ultimately thrown out due to serious irregularities.
A week after Martelly’s term officially ended in early February 2016, Jocelerme Privert was named interim head of state pending a fresh vote.
That vote had been scheduled for Oct. 9, but was postponed because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew, which left 573 people dead, forced 175,000 from their homes and led to food shortages that have affected around 800,000 residents of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.