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Rights group wants CEP reforms

A Port au Prince-based rights group wants the international community to pressure the Haitian government into holding “prompt and fair elections”.

Rights group says international community can help Haiti hold fair elections

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has issued a report calling for reform of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).

The group has expressed disappointment with President Rene Preval’s recent rejection of recommendations by US Senator Richard Lugar.

Last month Senator Lugar, the ranking Republican on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged State Department officials to nudge President Preval into restructuring the CEP “in consultation with international partners”.

However Mr Preval’s response was “I am not doing the CEP with international partners”.

The IJDH says the existing council consists of candidates named by the president from lists provided to him “by selected sectors of Haitian society”.

The group also alleges that some CEP members have been involved in corruption scandals and internal disputes.

Not enough aid

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says not enough aid is reaching Haiti six months after its deadly earthquake.

Mr Ban told the BBC on Tuesday from Jamaica that immediate humanitarian assistance is only being funded at 60%.

The UN chief says donors must be held accountable, and that when they make pledges they should deliver the aid immediately.

His comments come after Haitian President Rene Preval complained that the government lacks the money to run and re-build the country.

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