US sees encouraging signs in Haiti elections

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that it is too early to say whether Haiti’s presidential run-off election was free and fair, but pointed to encouraging signs.

Partial results suggested Monday that carnival singer Michel Martelly was on course for a landslide in quake-hit Haiti’s surprisingly peaceful run-off vote on Sunday.

“Initial assessments suggest that yesterday’s elections took into consideration some of the lessons learned from the November 28th elections and were largely peaceful and conducted without significant report of any wrongdoing,” said Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman.

“And while there were limited problems with voting supplies at a number of polling stations, most of them appear to have been corrected in a timely fashion, and hours extended at those locations to accommodate all the voters,” he said.

Officials in Haiti have said the election results would be made public at the end of the month.

Asked whether the election was free and fair, Toner replied: “I think we’ll wait for… the monitoring team’s full assessment.

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