Angry Haitians Protest Vote

Candidates call for cancellation, cite 'massive fraud'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2010 7:20 AM CST
Angry Haitians Protest Vote
Electoral workers counts votes after the closing of polling stations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nicolas Garcia)

As protesters hit the streets, presidential candidates in Haiti banded together yesterday to demand the election be canceled, citing foul play, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Twelve of the 19 candidates are accusing the outgoing president’s party of “massive fraud.” Protesters—some peaceful, some throwing stones—marched after hundreds of voters said they were barred from voting at polling stations because their names weren’t on rolls.

“There are more than 5,000 people here,” but electoral officials “sent us less than 40 names,” noted a polling supervisor at a camp for earthquake refugees. “This is corruption,” said one. Some displaced Haitians weren’t sure where to cast their ballots. At a press conference, the electoral commission asserted the process was working and uprisings were limited. Click here for more on Haiti's troubles.
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