Haiti Holds Long Delayed Parliament Vote

2015年8月9日在海地首都太子港,选举工作人员在清点选票。
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.

海地举行议会选举

美国之音,2015年8月10日

海地星期日举行人们期待已久的议会选举,朝着实现政治稳定迈出了一步。目前海地仍致力于2010年大地震后的重建工作。

选举期间,包括首都太子港在内的一些地区的投票站发生了冲突。在其他一些投票站,选民们要等候数小时,还有一些投票站延长了投票时间。

海地一名省级选举官员星期日晚间在记者会上说,问题仅发生在为数不多的投票站。

美洲国家组织观察团团长 加斯蒂尔奥说,选举情况基本正常。

来自130个政党的1800多名候选人参加这次选举。预计选举结果不会在几天内公布。据报道,选民投票不踊跃。

海地自今年1月解散议会后,一直没有举行议会选举。上届议员的任期已满,而海地未能及时组织进行新选举。

按照预定计划,今年10月海地将再举行一次选举,选出马尔泰利总统的继任者。