Haiti electoral unrest could hurt cholera fight


image Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a speedy solution to the political crisis in Haiti after Sunday’s first round of elections.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday November 30, 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a speedy solution to the political crisis in Haiti after Sunday’s first round of elections, warning that worsening security would hamper efforts to fight the cholera epidemic in a country already devastated by January’s earthquake.

“The Secretary-General is concerned following the incidents that marked the first round of the presidential and legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said.

“The Secretary-General looks forward to a solution to the political crisis in the country and calls on the Haitian people and all political actors to remain calm, since any deterioration in the security situation will have an immediate impact on the efforts to contain the ongoing cholera epidemic.”

Some of the 18 presidential candidates have repudiated the vote and their supporters have mounted protests.

Meanwhile, the number of cholera cases and deaths continues to rise with no significant shift in the overall situation, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported yesterday, noting that the north of the country remains the area with the highest caseload.

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