Monday, April 20, 2009

Haiti: Violence mars voting in senatorial elections

Election officials shut down polling places in one of Haiti's 10 administrative regions after protesters raided voting sites and dumped ballots in the streets.

The incident was reported Sunday in the central plateau town of Mirebalais in the Central District. There also was a report of a gunman who tried to intimidate voters.

Haitians voted Sunday in senatorial elections that were delayed by political turmoil and a series of hurricanes last year. The election will fill 12 seats in Haiti's 30-member senate.

Observers said turnout was very light. Supporters of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide urged Haitians to stay home in protest. The provisional electoral council disqualified all candidates from Mr. Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas Party, which is widely backed by the country's poor.

Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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