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UN chief, OAS concerned about postponement of polls in Haiti

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Protesters toss a campaign poster of government-backed presidential candidate Jovenel Moise onto a burning barricade during a protest against President Michel Martelly's government, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the weekend.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the Organization of American States (OAS) have expressed concern about the postponement of yesterday's polls in Haiti.

Ban and the Washington-based OAS also called on all political actors to refrain from violence and complete the electoral process peacefully without further delay.

"The secretary general urges all political actors to reject all forms of violence and intimidation, and refrain from any action that can further disrupt the democratic process and stability in the country," said Ban in a statement issued by his spokesman, reaffirming the UN's commitment to continue supporting the consolidation of democracy and stabilization in the French-speaking Caribbean country.

Jovenel MoÔse, from the governing party, and former government executive Jude CÈlestin, the two top vote-getters then, were set to face each other in the run-off, originally set for December 27.

According to reports, this second round was again postponed on Friday amid violent protests and the opposition's refusal to participate.

The transfer of power to a new president is constitutionally mandated to take place on February 7.

The UN has maintained a peacekeeping operation, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, since 2004.