Election Results Expected as Early as Next Week
- Monday, March 21, 2011 10:29 AM
Two sets of results will be released by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) from the run-off elections of March 20, 2011. The first results are expected March 31 and final results likely won't be announced until April 16.
The runoff election "was calm" despite at least one death and logistical problems reported in precincts across the country, an international observer told UPI.
Police said a person was killed in the Artibonite Valley, where rival political party supporters shot at each other as voting proceeded Sunday, The Miami Herald reported Monday.
An apparent hoax by presidential candidate wannabe, Wyclef Jean, who made claims of having been shot had the attention of the international media and police detectives for most of the early morning into the evening. Officers confirmed that evening that Jean was only cut by glass.
A Much Improved Election
Colin Granderson, head of an international observer mission, said the second round of voting was "much improved" from the first.
"The atmosphere was calm and people seem relaxed," he said.
Observers reported some precincts lacked sufficient ballots, had no ink to mark thumbs of those who voted and turned away voters whose names were on incomplete voter rolls.
U.S. Embassy officials said they were monitoring the vote, The Washington Post reported. "Overall, it was a smoother day than November 28," embassy spokesman Jon Piechowski said. "It wasn't perfect, but it was an improvement based on our observations."
Source: UPI News ,