Haitians face dizzying cast of candidates in marathon election campaign – The Guardian

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“There are so many candidates it’s impossible to focus on it all and see if a few might actually have good ideas. Right now, this whole thing really gives me a headache,” secretary Germithe Merzilus said with an exasperated sigh as a group of partisans walked by in matching T-shirts touting a campaign. This troubled, poor Caribbean nation has at times been described as nearly ungovernable, yet a lot of people are lining up to try. The first round of Haiti’s presidential vote on 25 October features no fewer than 54 candidates – a fractured field that makes the 19 contenders in the election five years ago look almost reasonable.They are seeking to succeed President Michel Martelly, who is barred by the constitution from serving a consecutive term.The apparent frontrunner is Jude Célestin, a former state construction chief who was the government-backed presidential candidate in 2010. Disputed preliminary results then showed Célestin edging out Martelly for a spot in the runoff ballot, but under international pressure Haiti’s electoral authorities reviewed the count and eliminated him from the race.

Source: The Guardian

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