Scores of candidates seeking 129 legislative
seats will participate in the run-off, which is considered the final step in often-delayed elections called to replace former
president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled into exile amid a bloody revolt in February 2004.
Officials originally scheduled the legislative
run-off for March 19 but later postponed it, citing large-scale street protests in the wake of February 7 elections won by
Rene Preval, a former president.
The delay also forced the postponement of
Preval's inauguration because he technically cannot take power without a sitting parliament. A new inauguration date hasn't
Haiti's electoral council expects results
of the run-off to be available April 28, paving the way for the new government to take power, the electoral council said in
a statement carried on local radio.
Preval, who received four times as many votes
as his nearest rival, was declared the victor after delays in the vote count angered his supporters, who took to streets and
accused election officials of trying to manipulate the results.
Preval's Lespwa Party is considered a front-runner
in the legislative race, although observers say he will likely need to forge a coalition government because of the large number
of political parties contesting the runoff.
Preval, who served as president from 1996
to 2001, has pledged to restore security, create jobs and attract foreign investment in Haiti, the poorest country in the