While the opposition has denounced the undemocratic practices of the current government for years, the international community has largely stood by, seemingly giving its tacit approval. In a crowded field of 54 candidates, no one else secured more than four percent of the vote.
A massive police presence resembling martial law suppressed street protests—attacking demonstrators who had been in the streets daily since the November 20 election—with a stinging blue foam added to water cannons.
This election was the first round of an election that was supposed to proceed to a runoff election, which has now been postponed until February.
Its natural resources include oil, bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate, gold, silver, marble, and hydropower. The number of voting stations was significantly reduced, especially in rural areas, so people had to travel for miles with limited public transportation to try to vote.
The magistrates discovered, for example, that in Haitian authorities signed contracts with two different companies - Agritrans and Betexs - for the same road-repair project. Accreditations were sold and photocopied, allowing party monitors to vote in multiple polling centers.
Maryse Narcisse, often accompanied by President Aristide, attracting huge enthusiastic crowds everywhere they went.