Haiti Gears Up For Elections Amid Reports Of Violence


Candidates wound up a flurry of election campaigning before a midnight deadline Friday night amid reports of a violent attack on one of the candidates' campaigns.

The campaign of flamboyant komba-singer-turned-presidential-candidate Michel ""Sweet Micky"" Martelly issued a statement late Friday night, claiming he had survived an ""assassination attempt"" in the town of Les Cayes in southern Haiti.

""Many wounded, at least one dead,"" the campaign said in a press release.

Haitian police officials have not responded to phone calls from CNN. A spokesman for the United Nations confirmed to CNN there had been a clash in Les Cayes late Friday night, though he could not say whether there were casualties involved.

""It's a confrontation between Martelly partisans and the (supporters) of another Inité senator,"" Jean-Francois Vezina, a spokesman for the United Nations police detachment in Haiti, told CNN Saturday.

Inite (Unity) is a well-funded political party endorsed by outgoing President Rene Preval. Its presidential candidate, Jude Celestin, leads the largest block of candidates for seats in both houses of parliament, which are also up for grabs in Sunday's election.