Poll finds most people would vote in Haiti elections

Most Haitians would vote in elections if they believed the process to be fair, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday by an independent research group. The poll was conducted by Igarape Institute, a Brazilian-based organization, from Jan. 17-22 with 1,766 randomly selected participants from across the country.

OAS mission chief hopeful Haiti can settle political crisis

(AP) — After three days of meetings, the chief of a regional mission is hopeful but not necessarily confident that Haiti’s political crisis can be resolved before the scheduled end of the president’s term this weekend.

At outgoing President Michel Martelly’s request, the Organization of American States authorized the special mission to Haiti following the indefinite suspension of a runoff election to choose a successor before the Feb. 7 constitutional deadline for him to leave office. Since arriving Sunday, the OAS representatives have met with Martelly and officials of his administration, lawmakers, judges and others.

Slow preparations for Carnival 

Preparations for Carnival are off to a slow start. Champ de Mars is relatively empty, compared to this time last year when hundreds of stands were under constructed. There was little activity on Wednesday night with little to no signs of construction and missing platforms that would normally bear the sponsor logos.

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