Gonsalves not optimistic about elections in Haiti


St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said yesterday that he is not optimistic that elections will be held in Haiti in September as the region continues to react to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last week.

“You would not want to have an election with only 60 per cent of the electorate registered and with gangs still roaming, and if you have 15 per cent turn out, people not feeling safe going to the polls … and the winner gets under 10 per cent of the electorate, I mean you are only adding to the existing problem,” Gonsalves said.

Speaking on the state-owned NBC Radio, Gonsalves said that St Vincent and the Grenadines, as the only Caribbean Community country elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council, is ensuring that the welfare of Haitians is taken into consideration in the post-Moïse era, given that Port-au-Prince has since asked the UN for assistance in maintaining law and order.

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