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UN Says Haiti Elections Were Successful


The top United Nations envoy to Haiti has congratulated the country on its successful holding of local, municipal and legislative elections.

A U.N. statement says more than 300,000 voters in 25 communities voted in 69 centers and 770 polling stations to choose their representatives.

The statement says all polling stations opened on time with the help of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, and the Haitian national police.

Last month, the U.N. said it had mobilized nearly 600 members of its staff in Haiti to support the country's electoral process.

The head of electoral support for the U.N. mission, Marc Plum, said the elections would show the international community that democracy is still alive in Haiti.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and has been plagued by violence.

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