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Haiti votes after year-long power vacuum for New President
« on: November 21, 2016, 12:49:18 AM »
Concerns over a low turnout have overshadowed the repeatedly delayed presidential elections in Haiti. Many voters are more interested in finding food and water than voting.

Haitians finally went to the polls on Sunday after more than a year of political turmoil following an annulled election. The top two candidates will meet in a January 29 runoff, unless one candidate gains at least 50 per cent of the vote.
Nearly 6.2 million eligible voters in the impoverished Caribbean nation can choose their president from a field of 27 candidates. Voters will also pick a third of the Senate and 25 members of the Chamber of Deputies.
More than 9,400 police and 1,400 United Nations officers were mobilized throughout Haiti on Sunday. People were banned from carrying weapons and vehicles were not allowed within 100 meters (109 yards) of polling stations.
Clutching national identification cards, citizens waited patiently as voting centers opened well after the official 6am starting time for the poll.

"I will wait as long as I need to," said Alain Joseph, a motorcycle taxi driver and father of four who wore a bright pink sweatshirt to show his loyalty to the Tet Kale party of ex-President Michel Martelly.
Polling appeared to be going smoothly a few hours into the process though voter turnout appeared paltry in much of southwest Haiti.
In the capital of Port-au-Prince and other areas balloting ran without incident.



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