Counting is underway in Haiti, after the delayed second round of the country’s Presidential election.
UN peacekeepers monitored the polling stations in Port-au-Prince, on hand in case of fighting between rival supporters. The first round last November was marred by violence and allegations of fraud.
There had also been fears that the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after seven years in exile in South Africa would destabilise the vote.
But election officials say this time it passed off peacefully and many of Haiti’s 4.7 million voters turned out. The head of the electoral council told reporters the definitive result is due on April the16th and would reflect the wishes of the Haitian people.
Popular entertainer Michel Martelly is thought to be slightly ahead in the race, but polls show it is tight.
Martelly’s rival is the former first lady, Mirlande Manigat. Whoever wins faces a daunting challenge. The impoverished country is still trying to recover from last year’s earthquake and cholera epidemic.