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Haiti senators seek to halt release of election results

Haiti senators ask president to stop electoral council from issuing final legislative results

Haiti senators seek to halt release of election results

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti's Senate has asked the president to stop electoral authorities from issuing final results for legislative races until a commission can be set up to verify two rounds of elections.

All 10 sitting senators signed Wednesday's letter to outgoing President Michel Martelly. It was also sent to Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, the body that oversees the entire election process.

The senators appealed to Martelly to use a constitutional article to prevent the council from reporting final legislative results until a verification commission examines numerous allegations of fraud.

Electoral authorities have said they plan to release the legislative results Thursday.

If a commission is established, Dec. 27 runoff elections for president and parliament will have to be postponed. The council has insisted the runoff should be held as scheduled.

Updated : 2021-09-24 00:05 GMT+08:00