The legislative and presidential elections in Haiti will take place on Sunday. MEP Jim Nicholson has been taking a lead on the issue.
“This coming Sunday voters are due to elect a new president and members of the legislature. There are 19 candidates seeking presidential office and undoubtedly, this is the most important election in decades… Haiti’s recovery will largely be dependent on the speed of the delivery of international aid – this is why a fully functional and active government and President is so desperately needed,” he said.
The Haiti earthquake saw over 220,000 fatalities. Around 1.5 million people were displaced and 2.6 million in need of permanent food aid. The economy has been all but decimated, with overall losses estimated at just over 120% of the country’s GDP in 2009.
Jim led a fact-finding mission to Haiti in September to survey the ongoing reconstruction work. The delegation’s report has been uploaded to our box.net widget.