Haiti urged to organize legislative and local elections as soon as possible

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Mariano Fernandez

The government of Haiti is being urged to hold as soon as possible legislative, municipal and local elections that have been delayed for over a year.

The call has come from Mariano Fernandez, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says MINUSTAH and the international community are ready to assist in organizing free, transparent and inclusive elections in the Caribbean country.

"The Secretary-General's Special Representative in Haiti, Mariano Fernandez, has called on the Haitian Government to take all necessary measures to hold legislative, municipal and local elections as soon as possible. He said he was encouraged by the commitment, made earlier this week by the President of the country and of the National Assembly, to hold these elections this year. The elections have been delayed for more than a year." (22")

Since the presidential elections were completed in 2011 MINUSTAH has been working to fulfil its original mandate to restore a secure and stable environment and to promote the political process.

The mission is also helping to strengthen government institutions and the rule of law as well as to promote and protect human rights.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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