Haiti's presidential candidates will face eachother in a run-off election in December. Julie Noce reports.
Two candidates in Haiti's presidential election will face each other in a run-off next month, election officials have said. Ruling party candidate Jovenel Moïse addressed supporters after the announcement was made. Today we celebrate the party's first victory that proves the population understands our message of development to create jobs and wealth, he said. Moïse and the ruling "Haitian Party of Bald Heads" named after President Michel Martelly's smooth scalp won 32.8 percent of the vote. While former government executive, Jude Célestin won 25.2 percent of the vote. The results came as no surprise after the pair mounted the best-financed campaigns. Before the results were announced, third place candidate, Moise Jean-Charles, who won 14 percent of the vote, said some of his ballots had been destroyed. In at least one instance of violence after the announcement one of Jean-Charles supporters was shot to death outside his downtown headquarters.