The United Nations - and its MINUSTAH peacekeepers on the ground - are committed to supporting the government hold free and fair elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people. The mission does this through the provision of technical, logistical, and administrative assistance as well as providing continued security.
The first round of presidential and legislative elections took place on 28 November 2010 in Haiti. The run-off round took place on 20 March and was won by popular musician Michel Martelly. The UN congratulated Haiti's President-elect Martelly and is looking forward to working closely with his administration once it is inaugurated on 14 May.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on 6 April, commended the election and the people of Haiti for taking an important step towards the consolidation of democracy. Mr. Ban said it built on the gains Haiti had made, with the support of the MINUSTAH, towards security, respect for basic freedoms and an end to the state-sponsored violence.
Mr. Ban pledged the continued assistance of the UN, as Haiti faces a number of daunting challenges such as reviving its crippled economy and strengthening the rule of law.
On 3 February 2011, the Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Provisional Electoral Council of the final results of the first round of presidential and legislative elections in Haiti. Former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular musician Michel Martelly faced off in the presidential poll, which was delayed by two months when violence erupted after disputed first round results were announced in December.
As Haiti prepared for its second round of presidential elections on 20 March, MINUSTAH voiced it's concern at the many acts of violence during the election campaign and urged all sides to abstain from threats, intimidation and harassment. MINUSTAH urged Haiti’s citizens to go to the polls en masse for the run-off, saying that political stability and economic reconstruction depends in part on as large a turnout as possible during the run-off round of presidential and legislative elections.
On 4 April, preliminary results of the presidential elections were released by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council. The results indicated that that popular musician Michel Martelly had defeated former first lady Mirlande Manigat to take the presidency. MINUSTAH saluted the fact that Haitian political actors welcomed this announcement with maturity, demonstrating their wish to respect the voice of the people and the democratic process. MINUSTAH stated that any candidates in the presidential or legislative elections who dispute the preliminary results should pursue their claims in line with the provisions of Haiti’s electoral laws.
The first round of presidential and legislative elections took place on 28 November 2010 in Haiti. On 8 December the Secretary-General his concern about allegations of fraud. The Secretary General noted that the results were not final and subject to the provisions stipulated in the electoral law. He urged all candidates to exhaust the formal remedies and legal procedures, which will allow a clearer picture to emerge. The Secretary-General expressed his concern over the acts of violence that took place in the aftermath of the announcement of the preliminary results.
On 10 December the Security Council issued a statement stressing the importance of holding peaceful and credible elections as a critical element of Haiti’s ongoing recovery, reconstruction and development.
Statements and press releases
- Security Council press statement on Haiti (17 May 2011)
- Secretary-General, in Security Council, Pledges UN Will Stand ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ with Haiti in Noble Work of Building More Just, Prosperous Future (6 April 2011)
- Recognizing Interconnected Nature of Haiti’s Long-Term Development Challenges, Security Council Reiterates Need for Sustained International Support (6 April 2011)
- Secretary-General Congratulates Haiti on ‘Successful’ Run-Off Ballot (21 March 2011)
- Secretary-General Hopes for Calm, Peace in Haiti’s ‘Historic’ Run-Off Vote (19 March 2011)
- Security Council press statement on Haiti (10 December 2010)
- Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Haiti (8 December 2010)
- Press conference with Head of Mission, Mr. Mulet (23 November 2010)