Haiti’s ruling party has emerged as the big winner of the country’s municipal elections, election results showed today.
The PHTK party won more than 30 mayoral races, including Port-au-Prince, the biggest prize of the country’s 140 municipalities.
The October 25th elections were delayed for three years because of a political impasse between President Michel Martelly and the opposition.
Despite the PHTK’s strong showing, the results showed how fragmented politically the country has become, with mayors elected from about 30 different political parties. Participation also was extremely low.
The candidates and parties have 72 hours to challenge the results published by the provisional electoral council. Winning candidates will take office only after any challenges are ruled on by electoral tribunals.