Monday, June 6, 2005
There are fresh doubts about whether Haiti is in any shape to hold elections from October. A member of the council charged with organising the poll said the vote should be postponed because preparations are not up to speed, and the situation in the country is too violent and unstable.
The chairman of the nine member electoral operations commission Patrick Fequiere said their work has been made much more difficult, because the European Union has frozen a $9 million grant to them.
The reason given was that they do not have a functioning administration, and are not properly set up to organise and run general elections.
The feeling among election workers is that it's going to physically impossible to conclude the registration exercise, and as a result there'll be too little time to organise elections everyone can trust.