Haiti signs decree to create body for elections

Last Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 22:21

Port-Au-Prince: Haiti`s government has taken an initial step to solve a problem that has frustrated Haitians and foreign donors alike: the failure to hold local and legislative elections on schedule.

The government of President Michel Martelly announced late yesterday that it had formed a nine-member electoral council in charge of laying out an electoral calendar and registering political parties and voters.
Haiti was supposed to hold the elections in 2011. But the authorities failed to agree on the composition on an electoral panel.
The delay has frustrated international partners in Haiti. Diplomats in recent months have stepped up pressure for the Haitian authorities to hold the vote before year`s end.


First Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 22:21

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