A poll by an independent research group has found deep public suspicion of the first round of the presidential election in Haiti.
Teams of researchers along with the Brazil-based Igarape Institute conducted exit polls on the day of the October 25 election and followed up with the same voters again after the announcement of the preliminary results on November 5. The researchers found that public confidence in the process had dropped substantially between the two dates.
Nearly 90 percent of voters surveyed said the vote was not fair and was marred by fraud.
The poll also came up with a curious result when voters were questioned as to who they voted for among the 54 names on the ballot. Just over 6 percent said they had voted for government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise, placing him fourth. However, preliminary results announced November 5 said he came in first with nearly 33 percent of the vote, according to abc news.
Opposition groups have called for a recount and have staged repeated protests.