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Disorder Amid Haiti Elections
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Disorder Amid Haiti Elections

By Vania Andre

PORT-AU- PRINCE – Voting was off to a slow start on Sunday, with some polling sites opening nearly four hours after their anticipated start time. At the Ruelle Vaillant polling station, lines with dozens of people were wrapped around the infamous voting site, where several journalists were killed during the 1987 elections.

Tensions escalated quickly at the Elie Dubois High School polling station in downtown as lines grew, and voters became frustrated with the lack of organization and communication from election officials.

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