- Title: HAITI: HAITIANS GET A SECOND CHANCE TO VOTE
- Date: 26th June 1995
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (JUNE 26, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) TROOPS OUTSIDE COMMUNAL VOTING BUREAU IN KENSCOFF SUBURB OF PORT-AU PRINCE 0.02 2. SV PEOPLE VOTING (VARIOUS) (2 SHOTS) 0.12 3. SV MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL FRONT FOR CHANGE AND DEMOCRACY (FNCD) RALLYING TO PROTEST AGAINST ELECTION FRAUD (3 SHOTS) 0.25 4. SV INTERIOR OF MAIN BALLOT COUNTING CENTRE WITH BALLOT BOXES STREWN CHAOTICALLY ON THE FLOOR (2 SHOTS) 0.33 5. SCU ORGANISATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) SECRETARY GENERAL CESAR GAVIRIA AT THE START OF THE DAY THERE WERE DIFFICULTIES IN OPENING POLLING STATIONS (SPANISH) 0.43 6. SV STREET SCENE 0.46 7. SV PEOPLE PROTESTING AGAINST THE ELECTION (VARIOUS) 0.54 8. SV RIPPED UP AND BURNT BALLOTS ON THE GROUND. 1.01 9. SV POLICE ARRESTING YOUTHS (VARIOUS) (4 SHOTS) 1.19 10. SV YOUTHS IN POLICE STATION. (4 SHOTS) 1.33 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 11th July 1995 13:00
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti CARIBBEAN
- Reuters ID: LVA2SHMEKMAWY9CU1USBAI9MB2YZ
- Story Text: Haitians got a second chance to vote on Monday (June 26) in areas where sabotage or chaos had forced a cancellation of Sunday's (June 25) parliamentary election, but confusion continued in ballot counting.
The main electoral office of the capital Port-au-Prince of Haiti was a wild jumble of piled-up and damaged ballot boxes on Monday.
Some of the voting boxes were crushed and bags were torn.
Marked and unmarked ballots were crumpled and strewn about the office, which looked as though it had been ransacked. Ballot boxes arrived from around the city in open handcarts.
Tallying the election results was expected to take at least a week.
Foreign observer teams said despite widespread reports of missing ballots and voter confusion, the results would likely be legitimate.
Haitian police were seen arresting three youths in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Kenscoff for attempting to burn down a communal voting bureau. The street outside was littered with ashes of burned ballots.
"Despite lots of difficulties yesterday, especially with delays in polls opening, the situation normalized," said Cesar Gaviria, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General for the observer delegation.
Although electoral workers insisted the apparent chaos did not mean results would be compromised, the scene was a vivid illustration of the growing pains of Haitian democracy.
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