Haitians Prepare To Vote In National Election Sunday

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Haitian voters go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president and elect a 99-member lower house and 11 members of the 30-seat Senate. The election is going forward despite the cholera epidemic now plaguing the nation and the lingering effects from the earthquake that devastated the country last January.

With the country still digging out from the earthquake, and in the midst of a deadly cholera epidemic, the election season has come to Haiti. This election is billed as one of the most important in decades. International donors are waiting to grant billions in aid money to a new government. The streets are full of campaigners and fanfare. Mathieu Tranquilor is one of almost 20 candidates running for a senate seat in Port-au-Prince.

""The election is very important to me because we have 18,000 people living under tents. And with the help of the international community through different programs and our party we are going to get the country going like it should,"" Tranquilor said.

That is the question on most Haitians' minds: will the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, known for rampant corruption and squandering international aid, finally get the political leadership that will bring real change?"