Haitians expressed hope Friday that the presence of hundreds of foreign observers during this weekend's national elections would ensure their right to vote.

The capital city was peaceful, the official end of the campaign for Sunday's vote. About 10,000 people, many of them singing, attending a closing rally Friday for the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical, populist priest believed to be the front-runner among 11 presidential candidates.Haiti has been ruled by dictators virtually since it won independence from France in 1804 and established the world's first black republic. Two elections held the past four years have been rigged or halted because of violence.