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Haiti election supervisors 'quit'
Haiti's interim Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue
The UN has voiced concerns about the Haitian government's delays
The members of a high-level committee set up to improve the organisation of the forthcoming elections in Haiti have resigned, local media reports say.

The panel was set up by the interim prime minister, Gerard Latortue, because of concerns about the work of the Provisional Electoral Council.

But the head of the committee, Christian Rousseau, said that it had received no political support.

Poor organisation has resulted in the elections being delayed twice already.

Both the United Nations and the United States have voiced concerns about the postponements.

The polls are now planned for some time between 11-18 December under the UN supervision.

They will be the first since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled into exile in 2004.

'Free and fair'

Mr Rousseau, quoted by local media, said that the committee had not even officially existed because the decree setting it up had never been published in the state gazette.

The group included senior ministers and members of the Council of the Wise.

Last month, the UN Security Council called for free and fair elections in Haiti to take place as scheduled in December.

It issued a presidential statement increasing pressure on Haiti's administration.

An interim government was installed after Mr Aristide was forced into exile and UN peacekeepers were sent to the impoverished Caribbean country.

However, political and criminal violence and instability have continued.


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