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Counting begins in Haiti's delayed presidential poll

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Counting begins in Haiti's delayed presidential poll

<p>Counting is under way in Haiti’s long delayed election.<br /> But the country’s electoral authorities don’t expect to have preliminary results for another eight days.</p> <p>To safeguard voting in a country with a history of electoral violence, around 13,000 officers from the national police and the United Nations have been mobilized. </p> <p>Haiti has been waiting to vote in a presidential poll since 2015, when an election was annulled over fraud allegations, and postponed last month when Hurricane Matthew hit. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some pics from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Haitielections?src=hash">#Haitielections</a> <a href="https://t.co/6YR8r9USv9">pic.twitter.com/6YR8r9USv9</a></p>— Gerardo de Icaza (@gerardodeicaza) <a href="https://twitter.com/gerardodeicaza/status/800460184992694273">November 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Although there have been a number of reports of voting irregularities, observers said the poll had been carried out smoothly.</p> <p>There are more than two dozen candidates running to succeed former president Michel Martelly, who left the country in the hands of a caretaker government in February. </p> <p>The main front runner is a local businessman, Jovenel Moise who is from the same party as Martelly.</p> <p>Unless one candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote or wins by at least 25 percentage points, a second round run-off is in prospect for the top two finishers on Jan. 29. The victor is scheduled to take office in February.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's refreshing to see polling stations run by teams of women. This is in Cabaret. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HaitiElections?src=hash">#HaitiElections</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZcSeEXwOqk">pic.twitter.com/ZcSeEXwOqk</a></p>— Nicole Phillips (@BuddhistLawyer) <a href="https://twitter.com/BuddhistLawyer/status/800399918783496192">November 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Whoever wins will have the task of tackling corruption and rebuilding the country devastated by the 2010 earthquake and last month’s hurricane which left more than a million people in need of humanitarian aid.</p>