Haiti hopes to get a new President in voting today
Haiti is voting again today in the hope that it can finally elect a president in a process that started in October 2015 and which resulted in riots, annulled votes and delays.
In the election today 6.5 million people will vote in 11,993 polling stations to elect a new President and 51other legislative seats including 16 Senators. There are 27 candidates standing in the presidential election and 179 candidates in the other elections.
In the 2015 presidential election where 54 candidates were standing Jovenel Moïse of the Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK) took 511,992 votes and 32.81% whilst Jude Célestin of the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation Party (LAPEH) took 394,390 votes 25.27% in the first round. The second round never took place. Both candidates are standing once more in this election whilst another candidate, Maryse Narcisse of the centre-left Fanmi Lavalas has received the backing of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Other contenders worth watching are Edmonde Supplice Beauzile of the Fusion Social Democrats, Jean-Henry Céant of Renmen Ayiti and veteran campaigner Jean-Charles Moïse of Platfom Pitit Desalin.
If a second round runoff is required then this will take place on 29th January 2017. Security has been exceptionally tight during the election campaign.