FEATURE: UN envoy in Haiti discusses upcoming elections and UN’s transitioning role

Security Council Meeting: The question concerning Haiti

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré, briefs the UN Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

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UN News Center, 18 April 2016 – Sandra Honoré is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSTAH). A post she has held since 15 July 2013.

During a recent visit to the UN headquarters to brief the Security Council, Ms. Honoré sat down with the UN News Centre to discuss the second round of the presidential elections that will be held on 24 April 2016. 

These elections will ensure that the country can survive the current impasse

The interview below has been translated from French, and has been edited for clarity.

UN News Centre: Can you give us an overview of the major stages of the election and the current political situation process in Haiti?

Sandra Honoré: The electoral process in Haiti was initiated on 9 August 2015, with the first round of parliamentary elections. The second round of parliamentary elections followed on 25 October 2015, along with the first round of the presidential election and the municipal polls.

The second round of presidential elections should have taken place on 27 December 2015. It was adjourned until January 2016. Unfortunately, the elections for the president and for some of the parliamentary seats, did not take place in January.

The positive aspect is that following the two rounds in August and October 2015, 14 seats out of a total of 20 have been filled in the Senate, and 92 seats out of 119 in total were provided to the Chamber of Deputies. I say positive because the Haitian Parliament was able to work again on 1 January 2016, after a year of not functioning.

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Haitians vote in the second round of the legislative and senatorial elections and the first round of the presidential election in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on 25 October 2015. UN Photo/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

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