HAITI / ELECTIONS

28-Nov-2010 00:01:46
More than four million Haitians are expected to cast their vote today in the earthquake and cholera stricken country. MINUSTAH
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STORY: HAITI / ELECTIONS I
TRT: 1.46
SOURCE: MINUSTAH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: CREOLE / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 NIOVEMBER 2010, PORT AU PRICNE, HAITI
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Petionville Voting Center
2. Various shots, electoral officers carrying electoral kits
3. Various shots, queue of voters
4. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Moise Boursiquet, driver:
"I drove all night long to come to vote here in Petionville where I live."
5. Med shot, queue of voters
6. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Emanisse Delima, native of Petionville:
"Nobody comes to see us so we want to vote for change so that the country changes."
7. Various shots, elderly woman voting
8. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Noel Norelyse, saleswoman:
"I am very happy to vote because the country needs to change. We are still happy to vote."
9. Wide shot, SRSG Edmond Mulet arriving at Croix des Bouquets voting center
10. Med shot, SRSG watching ballot boxes
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Edmond Mulet, SRSG, MINUSTAH:
"Since 6 am I see that everything is going fine. It is calm. Especially yesterday night everything was quite."
12. Various shots, Brazilian UN Peacekeepers patrolling in Cite Soleil slum of Petionville
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People went en masses to vote this morning in Haiti. In all the country voting centers opened at 6 am.

In Petionville Voting Center however, electoral kits were still being installed at that time.

While electoral officers were still installing the ballot boxes, voters had high expectations.

Moise Boursiquot is a driver. He drove all night from Jeremy in the South East to make it for election.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Moise Boursiquot, driver:
"I drove all night long to come to vote here in Petionville where I live."

Some people just crossed the square from an IDP camp to the voting center.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Emanisse Delima, IDP living in the camp of Petionville:
"Nobody comes to see us. We want to vote for change so that the country changes."

4.5 million people are choosing a new president as well as members of the two chambers of the parliament.

The incumbent president Rene Preval could not be a candidate after two mandates.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Noerlyse Noel, saleswoman:
"I am very happy to vote because the country needs to change. We are still happy to vote."

In other parts of Port au Prince, voting started smoothly too.

In Croix des Bouquets, a large area hosting many IDP camps, the chief of the UN Stabilazation mission for Haiti was confident.

SOUNDBITE (French) Edmond Muklet, SRSG, MINUSTAH:
"Since 6 am I see that everything is going fine. It is calm. Especially yesterday night everything was quite."

In line with MINUSTAHS's mandate to ensure security, Brazilian troops were patrolling in slums areas of the capital.
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