Haiti Shuts Land Border Ahead of Presidential, Parliamentary Elections

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The Caribbean island nation of Haiti shut the land border on Saturday with the Dominican Republic to its east ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections, its Communications Ministry said.

Aerial view of damages in small village of Casanette near Baumond, Haiti on October 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. - Sputnik International
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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — The border will remain closed through Sunday when Haitians go to the polls again to elect a president after last year’s vote was annulled.

Haiti’s Interior Ministry explained the decision to shut the border was made to guarantee security and better control of the electoral process.

The nation last held a presidential election in October 2015, but the result triggered accusations of fraud and was voided. Another poll was scheduled to take place last month but was postponed after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the country, killing 573 people.

This time, there will be 27 presidential contenders to choose from, with a runoff due in January if neither of them gets 50 percent of votes. Haitians will also cast ballots in the second round of parliamentary polls.

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