November polls for Haiti

President orders polls to be organised but residents feel it will not help their lives.

    Preval has been under pressure to announce a date to elect his successor [EPA]

    Disinterest

    But Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker, reporting from the capital Port-au-Prince, said that on the street, there has been significant opposition to holding an election in conditions where over a million people have been displaced by the quake.

    "Many say holding an election now simply isn't feasible and when you speak to people who are living in the camps, they say that a change in leadership isn't really an answer that will lead to an improvement in their situation," he said.

    "There is also a sentiment of disinterest and many say it will have very little impact on their lives."

    Low turnout and accusations of fraud marred Haiti's last elections in 2009 and the new elections are expected to cost $44m, most of which likely from the international community.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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