November 29, 2016
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti takes note of the preliminary results of the November 20 presidential election presented yesterday by the Electoral Provisional Council (CEP).
The preliminary results show significant margins between the number of votes obtained by the candidates contesting the election and are in line with data collected by OAS observers at polling stations on Election Day.
The OAS/EOM has maintained a constant presence at the Tabulation Center (CTV) since Election Day. A team of ten experts has observed the tabulation process around the clock -in shifts of six hours-, reporting that activities at the CTV were carried out according to the established procedures. The Mission observed substantial advances both on Election Day and during the tabulation phase compared with prior electoral processes. The Mission highlights and welcomes the greater national involvement and ownership of the process.
These improvements implemented by the Haitian authorities should be a source of pride and motivation for the country to continue down this path.
The OAS Electoral Mission will remain in Haiti to observe the next phases of the electoral process. During this time, the EOM calls upon all actors to respect the will of the Haitian citizens, expressed emphatically through the polls.