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Election postponed indefinitely

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 10:00 AM

MIAMI (AP):

Officials in Haiti say they're indefinitely postponing a presidential election scheduled for Sunday after Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage in the southwest part of the country.

The Provision Electoral Council announced the postponement yesterday without giving a date for a new election.

The first round of the vote was going to feature 27 candidates for president. It was a redo of balloting held last year that was annulled after a special commission found fraud and other irregularities.

Electoral Council Chief Leopold Berlanger said he hoped to announce a new date next week.

Hurricane Matthew damaged many homes and farms throughout southwest Haiti, killing at least five people. Authorities are still assessing the extent of the damage.