Two dead in Haiti election violence

By David Boddiger

PORTU-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Two people were killed during Haiti’s long-delayed legislative elections amid violence that forced some polling stations to close early, political parties said Monday.

The elections, held after a four-year delay, were meant to be a stride toward restoring constitutional order in the destitute Caribbean country.

Turnout was reported to be low. Several Port-au-Prince polling stations were vandalized in the morning and 26 shut down early because of violence.

The president of a party called Fusion, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, said the son of a party supporter was killed in the town of Savanette in central Haiti. She did not give the cause of death.

Beauzile, a former senator who is now running for president, said two members of her party were injured.

Haitian President Michel Martelly’s party, PHTK, said that one of its supporters was shot to death in the north of Haiti.

The National Police gave no numbers on election day casualties. It did say that more than 130 people were arrested and that officers had seized 23 firearms.

These were the first legislative elections in Haiti since Martelly took power in 2011.

The poorest country in the Americas suffers from chronic instability and is struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake that … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times