November 28, 2010 by USA Post
Radio Caraibes, Nearly 5 million Haitians voted Sunday morning in the quiet despite sporadic incidents to choose their president and parliament, after a campaign marred by violence and when the cholera epidemic is wreaking havoc.
“Usually everything goes well, all is quiet. There were some incidents Desdunes (north of Haiti), minor incidents,” said the head of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Edmond Mulet, during a trip to Leogane (south).
The Ambassador of France Didier Le Bret, for its part, has held that “the atmosphere was lively in the polls are (…) some entertainment for their political party but that does not disturb the vote”.
“Apart from a few incidents, it seems to be going well,” added the ambassador.
Contacted by AFP, the mayor of Desdunes, Wesner Archelus confirmed shootings and gunshot victims in this city of 42,000 residents north of Port-au-Prince.
Polling stations were ransacked and MINUSTAH sent Sunday morning a half-dozen armored vehicles “to regain control of the situation” and restart the voting process that was interrupted, said the mayor.
Despite these incidents, the head of MINUSTAH, Edmond Mulet said that “there is no reason to be afraid. It’s a party election.”
“The people’s decision will be respected. There are small administrative problems,” he said, “but no big problem that will reduce participation.”
The voting process was somewhat complicated by the fact that some polling stations in Port-au-Prince had not yet opened two hours after the official start of the election.
Nearly 5 million Haitians should elect their parliament and appoint a successor to outgoing President Rene Preval among 19 candidates.
The polls must close at 16H00 local time (2100 GMT).
According to Radio Caraïbes FM, which covers the election live, the voting started peacefully in Port-au-Prince.
Nike white cap on his head and identity card in hand, Jean Delirre waiting to vote on Sunday morning outside a polling station in Port-au-Prince. “We want change for the country. We must make things work from now,” he told AFP, saying that he had no fear of cholera at the time of voting.
A doubt hangs over the level of mobilization of Haitians. It will depend largely on the fear inspired by cholera, although the authorities have insisted that there was no risk of getting infected by visiting a polling station.
Since mid-October, the epidemic has killed 1,648 people, according to the latest report from the authorities.
The task facing the new head of state is immense. A health crisis arose from the cholera epidemic is also the question of the fate of a million Haitians rendered homeless by the devastating earthquake of 12 January in which more than 250,000 people died.
Haitians must also choose 99 deputies and 11 senators.
The field and in the polls, the candidate of outgoing power Jude Celestin, former First Lady Mirlande Manigat and pop star Michael Martelly seem best placed to qualify for the second round of presidential elections.
The results of the first round will be broadcast from 5 December and proclaimed December 20 and the transfer of power between Preval and the new president is scheduled Feb. 7.
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