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Rerun elections postponed in response to Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew’s landfall has left five dead, ten injured, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Haiti, the Provincial Electoral Council (CEP) has postponed the rerun elections. The CEP has yet to announce a date for new elections. The government estimates that at least 350,000 people are in need of immediate assistance.

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Rerun elections in Haiti postponed due to Hurricane Matthew

Jacqueline Charles and Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald

October 5, 2016

A car is stranded in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti on Tuesday. Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern peninsula early Tuesday with howling winds of 145 mph tearing roofs in the poor and largely rural area. The storm also uprooted trees and swelled rivers already choked with debris. (Photo from original article)


— Haitian elections officials postponed Sunday’s rerun presidential and legislative elections for the second time this year, saying they had yet to assess the extent of damage from Hurricane Matthew, which left at least five people dead and hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes.

The country’s Provisional Electoral Council did not provide a new date for elections following the announcement Wednesday, the same day that Haitian National Police and a United Nations logistics team were scheduled to begin moving ballots and other materials to voting centers.

“The passage of the hurricane has provoked a certain amount of damage,” said CEP President Leopold Berlanger. “The arrival of the hurricane has created delays … like the deployment of materials by the Haitian National Police.”…

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