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Haiti to Repeat Election


Electoral workers revise ballot papers during vote counting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, August 9, 2015.

Electoral workers revise ballot papers during vote counting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, August 9, 2015.

Voters in 25 districts in Haiti will have a chance to cast their votes for lawmakers again, following the violence that marred the parliamentary elections on August 9.

The Provisional Electoral Council, or CEP, said Thursday the second round of voting will be held on October 25 when Haiti will also hold the first round of its presidential election. Municipal elections will also be held on the October date.

More than 1,800 candidates from 130 parties are running in the parliamentary elections. The CEP said voter turnout nationally earlier this month was low at 18 percent.

Haiti has not had a parliament since it was dissolved in January. The previous terms of lawmakers expired before the country could organize a new vote.

The CEP said Thursday that preliminary results from the elections earlier this month are available on its website, but the site has not been functioning properly.

Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010 and has been struggling to recover ever since.

More than one million people were left homeless, forcing them to sleep in make-do facilities, often a tent crafted out of a tarp or cardboard or tin.

A cholera epidemic followed the earthquake, delivering another blow to the Caribbean republic that is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Today, some hard-hit sites in the capital, Port-au-Prince have changed dramatically and most lots are cleared of rubble. However, thousands of people are still struggling to eke out a living.

Despite the billions of donor dollars pledged to Haiti following the quake, the government blames a shortage of funds for the slow pace of reconstruction work.

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