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Unpaid Election Officials Threaten to Block Voting, AHP, November 28, 2006

Haiti‘s elections: election managers and supervisors threaten to block the elections process in the North of the country in support of their demand to be paid as promised; the Grande Saline region is at risk of difficulties�

�Cap-Ha�tien, November 28, 2006 (AHP)- Managers and supervisors for the elections in the North Department threatened Tuesday to block the elections of December 3 if the electoral council does not pay them three months of per diems that are due. �

These workers said they have given the electoral officials until this coming weekend to resolve this problem. �

“If nothing is done, we will not accept the election materials and the process will be blocked in all 19 communes of the North Department”, the workers threatened. �

Last week election security officials demanded their back pay in this same region. �

At the same time, the Confederation for the Advancement of the Commune of Grande Saline (Artibonite) called on the authorities to adopt urgent measures to make the region secure and help the December 3 elections run smoothly. �

According to the organization’s spokesperson, Dieuf�ne Jean, the elections could be compromised in Grande-Saline if no action is taken. �

During the February 7 presidential elections, one person was killed and several others injured in acts of violence that took place in the town.

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