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Haiti President Says Postponed Runoff Vote Slated for Jan. 17

FILE - Election workers at a voting station set up in a government office building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced that a postponed presidential runoff vote will be held on January 17.

Martelly says he received two letters from Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council warning that to fulfill the constitutional mandate of inaugurating a new president on February 7, the runoff should be held by January 17 at the latest.

On Friday, Martelly called on Haitians “to vote en masse, like they should, for the person who best represents them.''

The council earlier postponed the December 27 presidential runoff to allow a five-member commission to address allegations of multiple voting and ballot tampering.

The opposition is demanding an independent review of the late October first round of voting, which it insists was rigged in favor of government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise. Jude Celestin came in second.