The small Caribbean state, one of the poorest nations in the world, desperately needs a capable, legitimate leadership and government to steer a post-quake reconstruction that requires billions of dollars of foreign assistance.
A false report that Haitian-American hip hop star Wyclef Jean, who backs Mr Martelly, had been shot in the hand on the eve of the vote generated a US media frenzy.
But Vanel Lacroix, police chief in Petionville where Jean is staying, said police had confirmed that he had suffered only a minor cut to his hand from glass in an apparent accident. “We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass,” he said.
Weighing on many Haitians’ minds as they cast their ballots will be the reappearance of a political heavyweight from the past, former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who arrived back from exile on Friday.
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