- Title: HAITI: HAITIAN PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE VOTES IN NATIONS FREE ELECTION
- Date: 25th June 1995
- Summary: PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI (JUNE 25, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV/SV UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) SOLDIERS ON PATROL/U.N. JEEPS ON ROAD (6 SHOTS) 0.22 2. GV LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING TO VOTE (7 SHOTS) 0.41 3. SV PRESIDENT OF HAITI JEAN BERTRAND ARISTIDE VOTING/ARISTIDE PUTTING THUMB IN BLACK INK AND SHOWING TO MEDIA (4 SHOTS) 1.12 4. SV ARISTIDE SAYING THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF PROGRESS IN ONE YEAR (ENGLISH)(POOR sound) 1.21 5. SV VOTING PAPERS ON TABLE/ELECTION OBSERVERS ENTER VOTING ROOM PEOPLE COLLECT VOTING PAPERS/FILL OUT FORM/VOTING (9 SHOTS) 1.55 6. SV PEOPLE PREPARING TO VOTE AT ANOTHER VOTING STATION/ MAN ARGUING WITH ELECTION OFFICIALS AT POLLING PLACE IN WEALTHY SUBURB OF PETIONVILLE. HE HAS HIS VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD BUT HIS NAME IS NOT ON THE OFFICIAL LIST OF VOTERS AND HE IS NOT BEING ALLOWED TO VOTE. MAN IS SHOUTING "FRAUD"/CROWDS (6 SHOTS) 2.16 7. SV WOMAN PUTTING INK ON HER THUMB FOR REGISTRATION FORM (2 SHOTS) 2.20 8. SV WOMAN VOTING (2 SHOTS) 2.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 10th July 1995 13:00
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti CARIBBEAN
- Reuters ID: LVA6RHV8D71DIAIJICCBWJ3M07Y5
- Story Text: Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide voted on Sunday (June 25) in the nation's first free election since he was reinstated last October.
"There has been a lot of progress in one year," Aristide said after voting in the capital Port-au-Prince.
More than 10,000 candidates are vying for elected posts from the Senate on down to city council in the country's 133 scattered municipalities. Official results could take seven to 10 days.
Voters, eager to cement the Caribbean nation's return to democratic rule since Aristide was restored, awoke at dawn to take part in only the second democratic elections in the turbulent country's history.
One official was attacked and several demonstrations reported in what appeared to be an otherwise relatively calm return to the polls in the capital.
In the northern provincial cities of Limbe, Dondon and Le Borgne voting was cancelled at the last moment after more than 4,000 ballots were lost in attacks on local voting offices, an international electoral official said.
Haiti's first free election, in December 1990, resulted in Aristide's landslide election -- followed just months later by the bloody military coup which sent him into exile.
On Sunday, more than 6,000 United Nations peacekeepers and local police stood watch at voting sites around the country to discourage violence or fraud which have marred past elections.
International officials said problems were minor, and would not prevent free and fair elections. Voter registration was estimated at about 90 per cent.
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