PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: US senator: Haiti to hold vote before year’s end – Politics Wires – MiamiHerald.com

MARK UP HEALTH CARE BILL Nelson said the overdue vote came up in discussions with Martelly on Monday.

“I pressed the president to do that,” Nelson told The Associated Press in a brief phone call. “Likewise, he has indicated that, yes, by the end of the year they are going to hold elections.”

Haiti was supposed to hold legislative and local elections in November 2011, but political infighting among the government’s different branches has held up the vote.

An electoral council responsible for overseeing the elections wasn’t formed until April, and it still needs to approve a calendar for voting that will be largely financed by foreign governments.

The election is needed to fill one-third of Haiti’s 30-member Senate and dozens of local posts. In the absence of a vote, some 130 elected municipal officials have been replaced with presidential appointees. via – MiamiHerald.com



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