CaribWorldNews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tues. June 30, 2009: Preliminary results in Haiti`s senate election show the ruling Preval administration has won five seats.
The provisional electoral council said so far, President Rene Preval’s party won five of the 11 seats being contested. This means the Lespwa party will now have 12 seats in the 30-member body, including the non-voting presidency.
Five other parties won one seat each in the June 21 run-off elections. One seat wasn’t filled because voting was canceled in the central plateau region after political violence.
Turnout in the latest voting was even lower than the last with 11 percent tallied in the first round.
The 11 Senate seats in play have been vacant for more than a year, with elections postponed repeatedly since late 2007.