Latin America & Caribbean

Haiti election: Voters share their views

Haiti is set to hold elections on Sunday to choose a president, 99 deputies and 10 senators.

There have been some calls, including from four of the 19 presidential candidates, for the poll to be delayed so authorities can focus on tackling the cholera outbreak.

Here four Haitian voters share their views ahead of the election.

Carel Pedre, 30, journalist, Port-au-Prince

"I will be voting in the election everybody is talking about.

Most people will not vote as they lost their ballot papers after the earthquake or because they do not think it will bring change to their situation, while some think with the cholera outbreak, the vote centres will be crowded and spread the disease further.

Haitians do not feel they have control of what is happening in Haiti, especially in elections.

The UN are in charge of election security, transporting the ballots and counting them, so we feel we do not have control but if a lot of Haitians went out to vote, I believe we could get back control for our future generations."

Adlin Pierre, 38, doctor, Cap Haitien

Image caption Dr Pierre says Haiti has wasted the last 50 years

"I don't think we should postpone the election because of cholera. But there should be special measures to stop its spread during voting.

We've had 50 wasted years in Haiti that have produced 50% illiteracy and over 50% unemployment. We need to change things now.

We can change by electing people who are less corrupt. For the last half century we have had politicians who have made their friends rich. But they have not helped the population.

I believe we can change things. With a candidate like Mirlande Manigat we can start to make the transition toward progress.

The most important things that need to be tackled are unemployment and education."

Patrice Talleyrand, businessman, Jacmel

Image caption Patrice is more worried about cholera than voting

"When I grew up, there wasn't a democracy here. There were no elections.

The first election I remember only had one candidate. It has stained the process for me.

I know I have a civic duty but I feel a responsibility for the better good of the community.

I am not worried about the elections but I am worried about cholera spreading more.

The government cares more about politics rather than dealing with cholera, which makes me even more uninterested in voting."

Martine Angrand Keith, 30, housewife, Jacmel

"I should vote but there is no one running for president or deputy that is for me. I would not be able to vote for any of them.

Image caption Martine thinks the elections are all about money

Many people I know feel the same. They, like me, are tired of the whole thing.

They are holding elections now so they can get the most attention internationally.

After the earthquake happened, many people died. Then cholera hit. Conditions here are terrible, the government should be providing us with clean water and toilets but they don't.

It annoys me the government are instead talking about elections.

Outside organisations are helping but they are not in control of Haiti, only the government can be properly in control.

It has nothing to do with the people of Haiti, it is all about money."

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