Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, and the other members of the so-called “Core Group” welcomed the announcement by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) that Jovenel Moïse won the 20 November 2016 election.
The Core Group “encourages all actors to respect the final results and to work constructively toward the peaceful completion of the electoral cycle,” according to a statement, which also stressed the importance of keeping with the provisions of the Electoral Decree and an established calendar.
In addition to the United Nations, the Core Group includes the Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States, the European Union, and the Organization of American States.
In an afternoon in New York, the Security Council commended the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council and the Haitian National Police, as well as the people of Haiti on a “positive step” for the full restoration of the country’s democratic institutions.
In a press statement, the 15-member Council urged all political actors to accept the final electoral results, refrain from violence and work together.
Haiti has been led by an interim president since last February, when the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert one week after former President Michel Martelly departed without a successor. The election was originally scheduled for 24 April.
Electoral staff are preparing the voting center prior to opening in Croix des Bouquets, a suburb of Haiti’s capital Port au Prince. The most recent presidential elections had been postponed by Haiti's electoral council after Category 4 Hurricane Matthew devastated the southwestern part of the nation. UN Photo/ Igor Rugwiza
TThe UN and Haiti’s international partners worked with the Haitian Electoral Council to organise fair, inclusive and transparent elections that will bring out the installation of the country’s 50th Legislature. Pictured is the first delivery of non-sensitive electoral materials arriving in Port au Prince, Haiti, August 24, 2016. The delivery contained more than 30,000 voting booths. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi
Upon delivery, the UN assisted with the distribution of the election materials. The mandate of Haiti's President Michel Martelly had expired in February 2016, and not much later Jocelerme Privert became the Caribbean islands' interim leader. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi
The presidential elections took place on the 20th of November 2016. UN partners including UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have invested significant effort over recent years to strengthen national electoral capabilities, according to Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta. UN Photo/ Igor Rugwiza
Ballots are counted after the closing of Haiti's national elections. The UN Mission on the Caribbean island supported the countries Provisional Electoral Council and the competent authorities with the formulation of advice and guidance for the organization of elections. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi
Elections materials are collected from Anjou, a small town in the mountains above Haiti's capital, Port au Prince, by Chilean peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Haiti. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi
Recently, the UN commended the Haitian institutions, in particular the Provisional Electoral Council and the Haitian National Police, for their leadership and professionalism during and in the lead up to the polls. Pictured here is United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti Sandra Honoré. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi