After a nearly four years of delays, legislative elections will take place Sunday in Haiti, but voters hardly seem to care. Portraits of candidates and posters in their parties` colors have finally invaded the public space. But, in front of an electrical pole plastered with photos of various candidates for Haiti`s Senate and Chamber of Deputies, Luckson is completely indifferent. “Him I know, but he won`t do anything for me. Her, I`ve never seen her face before,” the shoeshiner says while surveying the posters that now adorn his corner. For a brief moment, the nearby vendors and their clients discuss the candidates and argue about the backgrounds of these would-be parliamentarians. They all agree on one point: they will not vote Sunday “because there`s no point.”
In a country where politics is seen as rotten with cronyism and corruption, the great majority of these impoverished citizens do not believe their vote has any power.
In the last vote, the second round of the 2011 presidential elections, less than a quarter of Haitians voted.
This time, when every seat in the legislature will be voted on, participation is forecast to be around only 15 percent of the public.