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Haiti presidential vote mired in controversy

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Haiti presidential vote mired in controversy


Haiti’s presidential election has ended in confusion, with street protests over voting delays and hitches.

12 of the 18 candidates complained of fraud and demanded the vote be annulled.

Frustration led to protests flaring in several parts of the capital, Port au Prince.

Some claimed the identity cards they needed to vote were lost in January’s earthquake. But others who had ID say their names were not on voter lists in polling stations.

The 12 candidates who denounced the poll included all those from the main opposition. They accused the coalition led by outgoing President Rene Preval of trying to steal the election.

But even before the vote, the lack of a clear favourite suggested it would go to a run-off in January.

More than 12,000 UN troops helped police the ballot. Observers say they are still gathering information on how it passed off.

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