Time running out to avoid new Haiti poll delay

A worker at the Tabulation Center in Port-au-Prince checks electoral material on October 26, 2015Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti’s independent electoral commission was running out of time on Tuesday to study polling returns from October’s first round of presidential elections, threatening to further delay the process. The second round had been due to go ahead on Sunday but has already been delayed indefinitely, and opposition flagbearer Jude Celestin had refused to campaign until the ballot-rigging is investigated. Haiti’s latest period of electoral limbo — polling has never gone smoothly in the western hemisphere’s poorest country — has been accompanied by rising tension in the streets and fears of unrest.

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