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One candidate, few voters expected for Haiti's presidential election

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 01:12

Haiti's U.S.-backed presidential election will be a lonely affair for ruling party candidate Jovenel Moise -- as his opponent calls for a boycott citing fraud. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It's election time in Haiti, as this nation of 10 million struggles to build a stable democracy -- following decades of dictatorship, military coups and election fraud. But Sunday's U.S.-backed election might be a one-sided affair for ruling party candidate Jovenel Moise. Opposition candidate Jude Celestin is citing fraud in the first round and threatening to boycott the vote. The Senate has voted to postpone the election for the same reason, but their vote has no power under the law. On the streets of Port au Prince, opinions are mixed. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) MAXIN, HAITIAN MAN, SAYING: "There shouldn't be an election. The president wants to put Jovenel Moise (MOY-SAY) in power and we are saying, 'No, no, no! Seventy times no!' (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) EDWARD CALIX, HAITIAN MAN, SAYING: "Saying, 'I don't want there to be an election,' is like saying, 'I don't love my country." Outgoing President Michel Martelly has ordered police to take "all necessary measures" to provide security on Sunday... This, as the opposition plans protests marches from Friday straight through to election day.

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One candidate, few voters expected for Haiti's presidential election

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 01:12