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Haiti Elections May be Postponed


An election official in Haiti says the country may have to postpone elections scheduled for November.

Patrick Fequiere says authorities need more time to prepare ballots, distribute voter identification cards and set up polling places.

The election council member's comments come three days after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Haitian officials to speed up preparations for the November 20 vote.

The nine-member council has approved about 30 presidential candidates for the first round of balloting. The country will also hold legislative elections.

The vote will be Haiti's first since former president Jean-Betrand Aristide fled the country during a 2004 uprising. About 7,000 U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed to calm widespread violence in Haiti.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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