Panel Challenges Haiti Election Results

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A popular Haitian musician, rather than the government’s candidate, should advance to a presidential runoff, an international panel of election experts recommended Monday.

The group, convened by the Organization of American States at the request of President Rene Preval, also said that while 50,935 votes were discarded because of fraud, the disputed Nov. 28 presidential elections could be salvaged if the rest of the electoral process is handled correctly and Haiti’s political forces allow that to happen.

The experts spent 10 days scrutinizing thousands of tally sheets and backup voting documents.

“After a thorough statistical analysis … the Expert Mission has determined that it cannot support the preliminary results of the presidential elections,” according to the report, obtained by The Miami Herald.

Read more at Seattle Times

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