June 9, 2023

UN expresses ‘Concern’ over repeat delays in Haitian elections

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for legitimate elections in the Caribbean nation today. Authorities missed yet another date for elections.

The United Nations expressed concern Tuesday over the delay of elections in Haiti.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that he noted “with deep concern that the agreed upon date of April 24” for national elections “has not been met and that no alternate electoral calendar has been announced.”

Speaking to reporters as Haiti missed the deadline, Haitian President Jocelerme Privert suggested the country should now choose its next president at the same time as an Oct. 30 deadline for a senate election.

“Does the country have the financial means to organize two elections?” he said to reporters when asked about the likely date for the vote.

Elections originally took place in October 2015, but there were allegations of fraud and the results have yet to be verified by an independent commission. On top of this, run-off elections have been delayed four times.

Although the April 24 deadline for the election was widely seen as unrealistic, thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday to demand the chance to cast their votes.

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Ban called “on all Haitian actors to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order, as the country can ill afford a period of prolonged transitional governance while facing major socio-economic and humanitarian challenges.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to extend its full support to the Haitian people in the fulfilment of their democratic aspirations,” the statement concluded.

IMAGE: Haitians protest in the streets about the delayed presidential elections. | Photo: Reuters

For more on this story go to: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-Expresses-Concern-over-Repeat-Delays-in-Haitian-Elections-20160426-0060.html

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