An international mission that monitored legislative elections in Haiti said Monday that there were scattered problems with violence and other disruptions during Sunday’s first round but not enough to disrupt the legitimacy of the overall vote. The Organization of American States had 28 observers monitoring Sunday elections that saw Haitians choose lawmakers for the next Parliament in a contest that was delayed for nearly four years. They visited 171 of more than 1,500 voting centers across the country of 10 million people.
At a news conference in Haiti’s capital, Mission chief Enrique Castillo said observers found that delays and disorder at a number of voting centers were not “so generalized or so big as to be able to question the whole process.”
In a preliminary report, Castillo’s team praised Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council for trying to fix problems over the course of election day.
Sunday’s first round sought to fill two-thirds of the 30-member Senate and the entire 119-member Chamber of Deputies in the nation still struggling to recover from a 2010 earthquake that devastated the capital and surrounding areas.