A week has gone by in the run up to the Haiti elections, with clashes, debate and campaigning throughout the country in the wake of the earthquake, and the recent cholera outbreak. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 03/12/2010
Haiti remained in a tense political limbo today as vote-counting continued and candidates split over whether to endorse last Sunday's controversial election.
With preliminary results expected this weekend the United Nations and other foreign observers appeared to be lining up to accept the vote as legitimate despite widespread confusion and irregularities.
At least four of 19 candidates on Sunday's ballot walked with hundreds of supporters to an electoral council office. They denounced electoral officials, President Rene Preval and the ruling Unity party's candidate, state construction company chief Jude Celestin, chanting: "Prison for Preval, liberty for Haiti!"
"These were not elections. People were not allowed to vote and there was stuffing of the election boxes ... We need democratic elections," candidate Charles Henri-Baker, a factory owner, told The Associated Press.