Haiti making "measurable gains" towards 2015 elections

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Sandra Honoré. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Government of Haiti has made progress towards the holding of elections critical for the country's stability and development, according to the top UN official in the Caribbean nation.

Despite the uncertainty caused by the absence of a functioning Parliament, Haitians are expected to vote by the end of 2015.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The first-round vote has been scheduled for 9 August, setting the stage for legislative, presidential and local elections to be held this year.

The Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, said the prerequisites to hold elections this year have been established.

She admitted that although some political parties have voiced discontent over the political calendar, most have signalled their intent to take part in the elections.

"I call on all political actors to continue a genuine dialogue and a transparent and consultative approach that contributes to building confidence among all stakeholders."

The UN mission is mandated to provide logistical support and technical expertise to assist Haiti's Government to continue building the capacity of its rule of law institutions.

Regarding the humanitarian situation, Ms Honoré said there has been a drastic reduction in the number of reported cholera cases.

There were more than 350,000 cases in 2011; the number is now down to less than 28,000.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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