Certification delayed in 19 legislative races
PORT-AU-PRINCE | Haitian officials are delaying certification of legislative election results after U.S. and U.N. diplomats questioned the victories of more than a dozen candidates.
Foreign diplomats want a public explanation for how Haiti’s election commission declared victories last week for 17 Chamber of Deputies candidates and one Senate candidate.
The candidates ended up with far more votes than they had when preliminary returns were announced April 4.
In a Monday statement, the president of Haiti’s election commission said the panel would hold off on publishing the results for 19 legislative races, one more than foreign diplomats had questioned. The vote was held March 20.
Vote-splitting could benefit Conservative Party
OTTAWA | Canada’s right-of-center Conservatives could win a pivotal majority government in the May 2 election because of a surge in support for a small left-leaning party that is comprehensively splitting the opposition vote.
Polls show the left-of-center New Democrats have jumped in popularity since the campaign started and are now almost level with the main opposition Liberal Party, which started the campaign in undisputed possession of second place.
Canadians seeking an alternative to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper appear ready to divide their votes between opposition parties, ironically increasing Mr. Harper’s chances of gaining a majority after he won minorities in 2006 and 2008.
“It’s the left. The left is all splitting … it’s all fighting over there whereas the Conservative vote is kind of standing still,” said John Wright of polling firm Ipsos Reid.
“If the turnout continues the way it is, and the Liberal vote is suppressed, [Mr. Harper] has got at least a 15-seat majority right now,” Mr. Wright told Reuters on Monday.
Under Canada’s electoral laws, a party winning most of the 308 seats in the House of Commons would be able to govern for four years without risk of defeat.
Mr. Harper says he needs a majority to press ahead with an agenda of keeping taxes low, curbing government spending and pushing through a comprehensive anti-crime bill.