Haiti Presidential Elections Held
Haiti held the last round of Presidential elections. Results are still not known, and the winner is expected to be pronounced by month's end. The elections were generally viewed as a success with relatively higher turnout, less of the alleged irregularities and violence seen during the first round.
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The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today called on all candidates in yesterday’s run-off presidential and legislative elections and their followers to show patience and restraint as they wait for the results of the vote, saying the future of the impoverished country is at stake.
MINUSTAH said the second round of the presidential and legislative elections concluded in “considerably better conditions” than the first round despite some logistical and administrative problems and isolated acts of violence in certain departments.
SOUNDBITE (English) Regine Dupuy, International Observer for the Irish NGO “Trocaire”:
“People really want to be able to vote. You can see that, you can feel that here. If they are not given that opportunity it could be problematic. But we are hoping for
This was the first time since the 1980’s that a second round could be organized in a country regularly marked by violence and natural disasters.
SOUNDBITE (French) Roseline, voter:
“I wanted change, that’s why I came to change my country”
Despite clashes in the Central and Northern regions where two people died, Edmond Mulet, the chief of the UN Stabilization mission in Haiti was encouraged.
SOUNDBITE (English) Edmond Mulet, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti (MINUSTAH):
“All over the country it’s a very peaceful beginning of the day. So that is already very positive and encouraging. And also what we see is a much larger participation than for on the 28th November. And that is also positive.”
Serious clashes had followed the announcement of the first round results, where massive frauds were suspected.
But even in Cite Soleil, a shantytown of Port au Prince, guarded by UN Peacekeepers, appeared peaceful.
Motivated voters were doing their best to find their voting station.
SOUNDBITE (Creole) Rickson, voter:
“Because I want to have job and work more. That’s why I am supporting Manigat and Deputy Daniel.”
In a country still shaken by last year’s massive earthquake and a recent cholera epidemic, political, justice and security reforms are critical to rebuilding a new state.
The first preliminary results are expected to be announced 31 March 2011.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 2:30 mins.
- Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV
- Susan Sacirbey