Haiti to combat vote fraud

March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, March 8 (UPI) -- Haitian election officials say providing help for voters and better-educated poll workers will ensure fairness in the upcoming presidential runoff election.

Presidential candidates Mirlande Manigat and Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, the top vote-getters in the preliminary round, will square off March 20, along with the two top candidates in legislative districts where no one got 50 percent of the vote, The Miami Herald reported.

The Provisional Electoral Council has set up a call center that provides 24-hour assistance for voters. In addition, all poll workers will be required to have a high school education and workers at the polling stations where fraud was most noticeable

have been dismissed.

Gaillot Dorsinville, the council's president, told candidates the body is "prepared to make all of the corrections necessary to better the second round.''

The Organization of American States has also increased its delegation of observers from 120 to 200 for the runoff.

Haitian observers are dubious about the changes. Pierre Esperance heads a group that reported massive fraud in the preliminary voting.

"I have no confidence in the electoral machine," he said.

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