UN “deeply concerned’ as election date not met in Haiti
UNITED NATIONS (CMC):
The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said he is "deeply concerned" that the agreed date for holding elections in Haiti was not met over the weekend and that no alternate electoral calendar was announced.
There had been widespread speculation that the polls would not have been held and spokesman for the Provisional Electoral Council Richardson Dumel said the body would not create "a new crisis" in Haiti by rushing ahead to stage the elections.
"There is no electoral environment favourable in Haiti at this time and for the third time, the second round is postponed indefinitely," Dumel then said.
Interim president, Jocelerme Privert, said he expects an election calendar to be published by the end of May.
Ban, however reiterated his strong support for the completion, "without delay," of the 2015 polls.
A statement issued by his spokesperson noted that the agreed upon date of April 24, set in the February 5 Agreement for the holding of elections in Haiti was not met.
"The secretary general reiterates his strong support for the completion, without further delay, and calls 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 statement said.
Noting the intended establishment of a commission to evaluate and verify the elections held in 2015, Ban stressed the need to conclude the process with the required urgency.