Hundreds of demonstrators who are backing Maryse Narcisse of Haiti's Fanmi Lavalas party took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday (22 November) as the Caribbean nation awaits results from the weekend's elections.

Haiti election protests
Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of Lavalas march to claim the victory of their candidate, in Port-au-PrinceHector Retamal/ AFP

Haiti voted in presidential, parliamentary and local elections on 20 November, which was meant to end a year of political and economic uncertainty. A previous vote in October 2015 was annulled due to allegations of widespread fraud.

Haiti election protests
Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of Lavalas display party posters during a march in support of their candidate in Port-au-PrinceHector Retamal/ AFP
Haiti election protests
Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of Lavalas display party posters during a march in support of their candidate in Port-au-PrinceHector Retamal/ AFP

Those in support of the leftist party marched along roads, holding posters of their presidential candidate. Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. In the Saint Martin neighbourhood, the main road had been cleared but a tire continued to burn in the middle of the street. Residents lined the avenue and occasionally threw rocks at passing cars. Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, founder of the party praised those who "protested against the electoral coup d'etat," during a press conference on 21 November.

Haiti election protests
A street vendor looks on as supporters of Fanmi Lavalas political party march in the streets of Port-au-PrinceAndres Martinez Casares/ Reuters
Haiti election protests
A man has a photograph of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stuck to his forehead in Port-au-PrinceJeanty Junior Augustin/ Reuters
Haiti election protests
Supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of Lavalas display party posters during a march in support of their candidate in Port-au-PrinceHector Retamal/ AFP
Haiti election protests
A supporter of Fanmi Lavalas political party shows the case of a bullet shot in the air by a member of the General Security Unit of the National Palace (USGPN) to disperse them as they marched next to the National Palace of Port-au-PrinceAndres Martinez Casares/ Reuters

It is normal for Haiti to take days counting ballots, but the process for this election has been exacerbated by the fallout from Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the country last month. Official results from the provisional electoral council are not expected until next week. More than two dozen candidates competed in Sunday's presidential vote. Unless one candidate wins more than 50 percent, the election will go to a second round in January. Fanmi Lavalas has already claimed to have won the election, and wants protests to continue. Rival candidate Jovenel Moise of the The Bald Heads Party has also already claimed victory.

Haiti election protests
A tap-tap attempts to drive away from tear gas, used by National Police officers to disperse a demonstration of supporters of Fanmi Lavalas political party in the streets of Port-au-PrinceAndres Martinez Casares/ Reuters
Haiti election protests
Supporters of Fanmi Lavalas political party run away as National Police officers use tear gas to disperse the demonstration in the streets of Port-au-PrinceAndres Martinez Casares/ Reuters
Haiti election protests
Men help a woman who was sprayed with tear gas by National Police officers to disperse a demonstration of supporters of Fanmi Lavalas political party in the streets of Port-au-PrinceAndres Martinez Casares/ Reuters