Reports from Haiti today are encouraging. Election day began fairly chaotically. Many polling stations opened late, and people were forced to wait hours on a hot day. But people are voting, and it has been reported that polls are being kept open later than originally scheduled to make up for some of the problems.
American Airlines halted flights into Port-au-Prince yesterday and today, while the Haitian authorities has closed all government offices and schools today.
It still looks like former President Preval, an Aristide adherent is in the lead. This is despite the fact the poorest people in Haiti, who tend to support Preval, are often having to walk the furthest distance in order to vote. Citing a fear violence, the government did not allow polling places in their neighborhoods. Similar fears led to four postponements of the election itself.
The verdict is still out as to whether or not today's election is 'free and fair,' but it definitely has gone better than many predicted.