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Haitians vote in long-delayed legislative elections but delays, disorder at polling centers

  • A supporter of parliamentary candidate Josue Forestal holds up Forestal's photo as they campaign for him in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election. The last parliamentary election was supposed to be held in 2012, but was canceled over disagreements between the reigning party and the opposition. Parliament was dissolved in January of this year, allowing President Michel Martelly to rule under presidential decree. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A supporter of parliamentary candidate Josue Forestal holds up Forestal's photo as they campaign for him in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election. The last parliamentary election was supposed to be held in 2012, but was canceled over disagreements between the reigning party and the opposition. Parliament was dissolved in January of this year, allowing President Michel Martelly to rule under presidential decree. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of the political party Platform Vérité hold up pictures of their parliamentary candidate Antonio Cheramy while chanting slogans against the Provisional Electoral Council that removed their presidential candidate, Jacky Lumarque, from running, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Haiti will hold its parliamentary election on Sunday, and is expected to hold its first round of presidential elections in October, with a final round in December. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Supporters of the political party Platform Vérité hold up pictures of their parliamentary candidate Antonio Cheramy while chanting slogans against the Provisional Electoral Council that removed their presidential candidate, Jacky Lumarque, from running, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Haiti will hold its parliamentary election on Sunday, and is expected to hold its first round of presidential elections in October, with a final round in December. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • A mural of Maryse Narcisse, right, who leads the Lavalas Family political party, covers a wall along with Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Haiti is expected to hold its first round of presidential elections in October and a final round in December. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A mural of Maryse Narcisse, right, who leads the Lavalas Family political party, covers a wall along with Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Haiti is expected to hold its first round of presidential elections in October and a final round in December. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Haitians are electing legislators to Parliament after a very long wait. It's been roughly eight months since the legislature was dissolved and nearly four years since the vote was supposed to be held.

The start of Sunday's election has been rife with delays and disorder since polling stations opened at 6:00 am (1000 GMT).

In the capital of Port-au-Prince, a number of voting centers were still waiting for ballots a few hours after voting was supposed to start. Some citizens who said they were registered to vote complained their names did not appear on official lists.

One voting center in downtown Port-au-Prince was closed by authorities after fistfights broke out inside. Young men tore up paper ballots and rocks were thrown before police shut the center down.