"Vigorous support" needed in Haiti to ensure elections take place

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Sandra Honoré (on screen) briefs the Security Council, via video teleconference from Haiti. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

"Vigorous support" is needed in Haiti to ensure that credible elections take place after they were delayed due to a hurricane, the UN's senior representative in the country has said.

Hurricane Matthew struck the Caribbean island last week destroying whole villages and killing almost 400 people.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Haiti's presidential election was due to take place on Sunday, but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

No new date has been set for the poll, which has been delayed on previous occasions.

Sandra Honoré is the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSTAH).

She told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Haiti needed more international support.

"In light of the simultaneous challenges of addressing the impact of the Hurricane and preparing for the holding of the much-anticipated elections, the Provisional Electoral Council and the Haitian National Police will need vigorous support, from the Government and its international partners, to build on the pre-Hurricane preparations and to ensure the credibility and the integrity of the process."

The Council was also asked to consider a six-month extension of the mandate of MINUSTAH which expires on Saturday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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