The Haitian government can expect to receive technical, logistical and material support from a task force formed by the United Nations and its various partners to ensure participatory, legitimate and timely elections, the U.N. News Center reports. The country is bound to elect its new president next February and legislative leaders before that.
The task force – composed of representatives from the U.N., Haiti, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Organization of American States, European Union, Brazil, Canada and U.S. – met in Port-au-Prince to tackle coordinated international support for the upcoming polls. The event was led by Haitian President René Préval and U.N. Representative Edmond Mulet.
The forthcoming election is said to be a crucial step toward renewing and stabilizing Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.