PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – An emergency high-level meeting that was presided by the President of the Republic, State actors, the Electoral Council president and the head of the United Nations mission in Haiti was held Saturday to discuss contingency plans with regard to the cat 4, Hurricane Matthew, and the affect it may have on general elections scheduled for October 9, 2016.
The meeting was held at the National Palace on Saturday October 1, 2016 and was presided by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Jocelerme Privert and attended by:
- Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles
- Minister of Justice and Public Security Camille Edouard Jr.
- Minister of the Economy and Finance Yves Romain Bastien
- Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierrot Delienne
- Director General of the Ministry of the Interior
- Director General of Haiti National Police (PNH) Michel-Ange Gédéon
- Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) President Leopold Berlanger
- Executive Director of the CEP Uder Antoine
- A representative of the Central Bank
- Representatives of the Civil Protection Agency
- and Head of United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré
Several important points were discussed during the meeting. These include the arrangements by the authorities as part of the eventual Cyclone Matthew on the country this weekend, the issue of security of elections, the terms of deployment and support of the HNP and the CEP during the election day.
Regarding the security of the elections, His Excellency Jocelerme Privert emphasized this need before, during and after the voting on 9 October. This in order to prevent any disruption or any obstacles to the success of this election how important to the future of the country.
In regard to the possible cyclone this weekend, the Head of State called on the population to be vigilant while educating the governmental authorities, including the Ministry of the Interior and the Civil Protection all arrangements in this regard.