Haiti votes under shadow of cholera and confusion

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE (BestGrowthStock) – Haiti votes on Sunday in elections roiled by a cholera epidemic, political tensions and voter confusion, seeking a leader to guide the impoverished Caribbean country’s recovery from a January earthquake.

The international community hopes the vote to select a new president and parliament and a third of the Senate can lead to a stable, legitimate government capable of administering billions of dollars of reconstruction aid pledged by donors.

Representing this world support, blue-helmeted U.N. peacekeepers are helping Haiti’s police to secure and protect more than 11,000 polling stations set up in schools, prefabricated wooden huts and even in tents in crowded quake survivors’ camps.

But with political tensions flaring, and rebuilding after the devastating January earthquake seemingly paralyzed by the advancing deadly cholera epidemic, many fear a contentious turbulent election may just drive Haiti deeper into turmoil.

A clutch of front-runners — a Sorbonne-educated opposition matriarch, a government technocrat who is a prot