PHTK wins big in Haiti municipal elections

Haiti’s ruling PHTK party won more than 30 mayoral races including the capital, Port au Prince, according to results released Tuesday by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).

The candidates and parties which contested the October 25 elections had three days to challenge the results.

The results of the elections, which coincided with the first round of the presidential race to replace President Michel Martelly, who is barred from seeking a third consecutive term by the Constitution, showed there had been a low turnout voters.

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In the capital for example, where more than 500,000 were eligible to vote, the PHTK won the seat receiving just over 10,000 votes.

The winning candidates will take office only after any challenges are ruled on by electoral tribunals.

In the presidential elections run-off on December 27, the PHTK candidate Jovenel Moise will come up against the main opposition candidate Jude Celestin.

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