Haiti: 100 tonnes of UN-facilitated election equipment arrives

24 March 2009

The arrival of a massive shipment of election equipment in Haiti has brought the process of legislative polls to a new phase, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced today.

The arrival of a massive shipment of election equipment in Haiti has brought the process of legislative polls to a new phase, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced today.

Voting booths and associated material for nearly 11,000 voting locations, divided into 12,000 kits, will be distributed throughout the country by the mission, for the election of a third of the Senate, slated to be held on 19 April.

MINUSTAH, which is assisting with security and logistics for the elections has called for the widest possible participation, including people of all political currents, stressed that this is the best way to ensure the credibility and universal acceptance of the results in the impoverished Caribbean country.

The UN mission, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has welcomed the progress made so far in preparing for the vote, including the Provisional Electoral Council’s approval of 33 political parties.

 

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