CARIBBEAN: At least ten killed during Haiti elections, say officials

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CARIBBEAN: At least ten killed during Haiti elections, say officials
Haitians line up to vote at a polling station during the Legislative Elections
Haitians line up to vote at a polling station during the Legislative Elections
Haitians line up to vote at a polling station during the Legislative Elections

HCNN – At least ten people have been killed and several dozen others wounded in Haiti during violent incidents related to the conduct of Sunday’s legislative elections, described as valid by international observers despite the violence, technical problems and irregularities that tainted the vote.

Five people were killed on election day, one was killed on Thursday and at least four were gunned down during the electoral campaign that led to the Sunday, August 9 ballot, which allowed voters to elect 119 members of the lower chamber and two-thirds of the 30-member senate.

A runoff is set to take place on October 25, at the same time as the first round of a presidential ballot to elect the successor of Haitian President Michel Martelly, whose term expires on February 7, 2016.

Despite a number of irregularities and other serious logistical and technical problems, election and government authorities as well as international observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union said the ballot was valid because problems encountered could not generally alter the results of the vote.

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