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#4526: UN expresses concern over Haiti election (fwd)


Friday, 7 July, 2000, 00:05 GMT 01:05 UK                             
UN expresses concern  over Haiti election

 The United Nations Security Council has urged  the government in Haiti
to investigate widespread reports of irregularities during the first
round of voting in parliamentary elections last month. The Security
Council members expressed concern over increasing violence during the
electoral process and said they backed the findings of international
observers, who said the results had been miscalculated. They also said
free and fair elections were crucial to Haiti's development. A second
round of voting is to take place on Sunday, but the opposition says the
election has been rigged to favour the party of the former president,
Jean-Bertrand Aristide.