Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ken Blackwell In Full Effect, Again!

Boy, he really gets around. After running flawless elections in Ohio and Iraq, Ken Blackwell apparently is setting things up in Haiti, too.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Haiti's election authorities have decided not to put voting stations inside the nation's largest slum, drawing accusations they are discriminating against the troubled nation's poorest citizens.

The teeming Cite Soleil slum, with between 300,000 and 600,000 residents, and other shantytowns in the capital were the bedrock of support for former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted in February 2004 after an armed revolt.

They may now be a significant source of support for front-runner Rene Preval, an Aristide protege who served as president from 1996 to 2001, as the Caribbean country staggers toward a new presidential election on Feb. 7.

The ability of slum residents -- who complained of being disenfranchised by Aristide's ouster nearly two years ago -- to vote in the presidential and legislative elections has become an important issue, with critics denouncing what they see as an absence of voting stations near poor areas.

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