The Provisional Election Council (CEP) of Haiti announced Monday that the Electoral Court will begin hearing arguments of candidates who have expressed their disagreement with the provisional results of the elections held on 20 November.

Preliminary data indicates the that winner of the presidential is the candidate of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK), Jovenel Moise, who had obtained 55.67% of the votes.

 The candidate of the Alternative League for Haitian Progress and Emancipation (Lapeh), Jude Celestin came second with 19.52% of the vote.

The candidate of the Platform for the Pitit Dessalines, Moise Jean-Charles, arrived in third place with 11.04%, while the candidate of the Lavalas Family, Marysse Narcisse, would have earned slightly more than 8% finishing in fourth.

Celestin, Jean-Charles and Narcisse, have all challenged the preliminary results, saying that they have "strong evidence" of alleged electoral frauds, and their supporters have staged several protests, in some cases, that have turned out violent.

The CEP confirmed the preliminary results would not be necessary to hold a second round, scheduled for next January, since Jovenel Moise has obtained the 50% plus one vote needed to win in the first round.

Since the 15th of February this year, a provisional government headed by Jocelerme Privert runs the country after the constitutional mandate of former president Michel Martelly ended without an elected successor.