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Confusion arises as polls open in Haiti

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A voter has his thumb inked after voting in Haiti's presidential election. (Courtesy of CNN) A voter has his thumb inked after voting in Haiti's presidential election. (Courtesy of CNN)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (WKOW) -- Polls are open in Haiti, but there has been a lot of confusion at polling stations.

Most polls opened an hour late. Observers from dozens of political parties are crowding voting areas, and some voters were leaving frustrated and angry when poll workers could not find their names on lists.

The lists of registered voters are filled with names of the dead, while the living are struggling to figure out if and where they can vote.

Meanwhile, political violence remains a concern as does the spreading cholera epidemic.

The presidential contest is the focus of the election. There are 19 candidates seeking to replace outgoing President Rene Preval, who is barred by law from running again.  

The ballot also has 96 candidates competing for 11 Senate seats, while 800 people are looking for a place in the 99-seat lower house.

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