Haiti Holds Long Delayed Parliament Vote
Electoral workers revise ballot papers during vote counting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, August 9, 2015.
VOA News,August 10, 2015
Haiti held long-awaited parliamentary elections Sunday, taking a step toward political stability in a country still working to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.
The voting was marred by clashes at some polling places, including in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At other sites, voters had to wait for hours after the polls were due to open, and in some cases were given extra time.
Pierre-Louis Opont, director-general of the Provisional Electoral Council, told a news conference late Sunday that the problems were limited to a small number of polling places.
The head of an observer delegation from the Organization of American States, Enrique Castillo, said overall the vote was valid.
More than 1,800 candidates are running from 130 different parties. Election results are not expected for several days. Voter turnout was reported to be low.
Haiti has not had a parliament since it was dissolved in January. The previous terms of lawmakers expired before the country could organize the new vote.
Another round of voting is scheduled for October when Haiti will also hold an election to pick a successor to President Michel Martelly.