Monday, September 27, 2010
First post-quake election campaign opens in Haiti: Ceant leads the pack with 50 % poll
By Clarens Renois (AFP) – 10 hours ago
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Campaigning is getting under way in Haiti’s first election since the devastating January earthquake, amid security concerns and with many of the country’s 4.5 million eligible voters living in refugee camps.
Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for November 28 in a country still recovering from a massive quake that killed at least 350,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless; 50,000 amputees.
Two million people do not have the papers necessary to vote and no progress has been made with two months to go. The international community is waiting for a peaceable transition of power before releasing desperately needed aid money. Candidates from Fanmi Lavalas are still banned from running in this election. This is a mockery of the word democracy.