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Haiti: Jovenel Moise apparently wins presidential vote

  • A supporter of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from Fanmi Lavalas political party, holds up campaign posters of rival candidate Jovenel Moise, from PHTK party, at a road block in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Nov. 28, 2016. Before results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A supporter of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from Fanmi Lavalas political party, holds up campaign posters of rival candidate Jovenel Moise, from PHTK party, at a road block in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Nov. 28, 2016. Before results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • A national police officer removes a tire set fire by supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Before election results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A national police officer removes a tire set fire by supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Before election results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from the Fanmi Lavalas political party, take down campaign posters of rival candidate Jovenel Moise, from PHTK party, during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Before results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, from the Fanmi Lavalas political party, take down campaign posters of rival candidate Jovenel Moise, from PHTK party, during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Before results have been announced, supporters of Narcisse assert their candidate has won, and that only electoral fraud would keep her from office. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Electoral officials in Haiti say Jovenel Moise apparently has won the presidency, based on preliminary results that give him 55 percent of the votes cast in the Nov. 20 election against 26 other candidates.

Moise was the leading candidate in first-round balloting last year and headed for a runoff. But that election was later annulled after a Haitian commission reported finding what appeared to be significant fraud and misconduct.

This time no runoff will apparently be needed because the candidate of ex-President Michel Martelly's Tet Kale party got over 50 percent in the election redo.

Second-place candidate Jude Celestin had 19.5 percent in the preliminary count.