PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti's first free elections in almost five years got off to a chaotic start yesterday as voters at some polling stations turned up to find demonstrations, ballot shortages or locked doors. Voters eager to cement the island's return to democratic rule since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was restored last year were keen to take part in only the second democratic elections in the turbulent country's history. One official was attacked and several demonstrations reported in what appeared to be an otherwise relatively calm return to the polls in the capital, Port-au-Prince. In the northern provincial cities of Limbe, Dondon and Le Borgne, voting was cancelled at the last moment after more than 4,000 ballot papers were lost in attacks on local polling stations. Haiti's first free election, in December 1990, resulted in Mr Aristide's landslide victory - followed just months later by the bloody military coup which sent him into exile. Yesterday, more than 6,000 United Nations peace-keepers and local police guarded polling stations around the country to discourage violence or fraud. More than 10,000 candidates are vying for seats from the Senate down to city council level in the country's 133 municipalities. Voting was far calmer than in previous years. But in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Carrefour, municipal electoral secretary Moise Viou was shot and injured. Mr Viou, 22, was attacked in his home, a designated polling station, and ballot papers splashed with blood were scattered throughout the house, said a spokesman for the Organisation of American States which is among groups monitoring the election. Officials said the polling station would remain closed.