Haiti faces long wait for results of presidential election

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Election officials count ballots at a polling station in Port-au-Prince, on October 25, 2015 during the general elections. Though voting unfolded in a climate of uncertainty, there was a large turnout without major incidents as Haitians cast their ballots to choose a new president, lawmakers and local officials. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Election officials count ballots at a polling station in Port-au-Prince, on October 25, 2015 during the general elections. Though voting unfolded in a climate of uncertainty, there was a large turnout without major incidents as Haitians cast their ballots to choose a new president, lawmakers and local officials. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A voter looks for his name on a voters lists during elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People peek through windows at a polling station to watch electoral workers count ballots during their country's general elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Haitians faced lengthy ballots featuring 54 presidential hopefuls and a slew of legislative and municipal candidates Sunday as they selected leaders they hope can lift the nation out of chronic poverty and turbulence. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Members of the European Union Election Observation Mission observe electoral workers count ballots at a polling station at the end of the general elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country held the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
An electoral worker holds up a presidential ballot showing a vote cast for Moise Jean-Charles, of the Petit Dessalines faction, during general elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Haitians faced lengthy ballots featuring 54 presidential hopefuls and a slew of legislative and municipal candidates Sunday as they selected leaders they hope can lift the nation out of chronic poverty and turbulence. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Electoral officials, right, try to calm a voter who says his name is not on the voters list during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Voters check the electoral roll for their names during general elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Haitians faced lengthy ballots featuring 54 presidential hopefuls and a slew of legislative and municipal candidates Sunday as they selected leaders they hope can lift the nation out of chronic poverty and turbulence. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A man wait outside a voting station to cast his vote during national elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People walk down a street after the polls close at the end of the national elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
An electoral worker prepares election ballots by lamp light, due to the electricity not working, at the polling station in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide waves to supporters after casting his ballot at a polling station during presidential elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. The former leader has largely kept out of the public since returning to Haiti in 2011 after seven years in exile following his 2004 ouster. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, center left, center, waves to supporters with presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, center, after casting their ballots at a polling station during presidential elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A National Police officer pushes a voter back in line during national elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Voters mark their ballots at a polling station during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Haiti's President Michel Martelly casts his ballot during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The country is holding the first-round presidential vote Sunday along with balloting for numerous legislative races and local offices. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Voting appeared orderly and largely peaceful in presidential and parliamentary elections that Haitians hope will help consolidate democracy in this impoverished country with a history of political turbulence.

Fears that Sunday's voting would be a repeat of the problem-plagued first-round of legislative elections proved unfounded, human rights observers said. Celso Amorim, chief of the Organization of American States' 125-member observer mission, said Haiti appeared to be "moving in the right direction."

Haitians faced lengthy ballots featuring 54 presidential hopefuls and a slew of legislative and municipal candidates. Electoral officials said there might be partial results in 10 days but final results would not be ready until late November.

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The presidential field was so crowded and confusing that there was little clarity about who might have been the leading contenders. Pre-election polls were unreliable and contradictory.

Whoever wins the almost inevitable Dec. 27 presidential runoff will face numerous challenges, including spurring Haiti's chronically sputtering economy and weaning it off dependence on foreign aid donors, who are largely funding this year's roughly $70 million three-round electoral process.

Despite the relatively orderly voting across the nation of some 10 million people, there were some logistical problems. Officials said there were roughly 70 arrests for various irregularities. Four polling stations were affected in areas of northern Haiti after ballots were burned, said Mosler Georges, executive director of the Provisional Electoral Council.

At a voting center in Port-au-Prince's Martissant slum, an elections supervisor yelled at dozens of people trying to force their way in. "No voting two times!" People shouted back that they were being prevented from voting once.

"I'm here to vote, and they are trying to stop me," complained Varnel Polycard, a vendor of phone chargers who walked away fuming.

While the gritty district of Cite Soleil suffered from pre-election violence, it appeared to have the busiest voting centers in the Port-au-Prince area even in an atmosphere weighted with anxiety.

"Nothing can scare me from trying to see my country develop and see if Haiti can get better for my grandchildren," Rosianne Jean said after casting her votes at a school in the deeply poor area of shacks and garbage-lined canals.

The continuing appeal of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was on display as over 1,500 people greeted him when he arrived at a voting center near his home, many chanting "Aristide is our blood." He was accompanied Fanmi Lavalas party candidate Maryse Narcisse, but some in the crowd said they were backing ex-Sen. Moise Jean-Charles.

Among the best-known names on the presidential ballot was Jude Celestin, a former head of the state-run construction company who was the government-backed candidate in the 2010 race. That time, he was eliminated from a runoff after his reported second-place finish was challenged by foreign observers who complained of irregularities.

Others included outgoing President Michel Martelly's pick, Jovenel Moise, a political newcomer, and Jean-Charles, a sharp critic of Martelly who brands himself the voice for Haiti's poor and disenfranchised.

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