Haiti's electoral body rejects OAS recount result

14:51, January 20, 2011      

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Haiti's electoral body Wednesday rejected a recount result which suggested former first lady Mirlande Manigat and singer Michel Martelly go to the run-off.

The previous official result declared a run-off between the president's candidate Jude Celestin and Manigat, excluding Martelly.

That sparked days of anti-government protest, prompting the Organization of American States (OAS) to oversee a thorough recount of tally sheets.

The Provisional Electoral Council, however, said it would not be obliged to follow the OAS's recommendation that Celestin yield to Martelly, but insisted Celestin go to the second round.

The OAS report was sent to the Haitian government on Jan. 13, which has given Martelly an advantage of 3,225 votes over the official candidate Celestin.

Source: Xinhua

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