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As Matthew pelts Haiti, officials postpone election

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:07

Hurricane Matthew's deadly wrath in Haiti prompts election officials to postpone a long-awaited presidential election. Gavino Garay reports.

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As Hurricane Matthew barrels over the Bahamas towards Florida, it's left a path of destruction. Haiti was devastated by what officials have called the fiercest storm to hit the Caribbean in nearly a decade. At least 22 people in Haiti were killed. And the timing couldn't have been worse. The powerful Category 3 hurricane tore through Haiti just days ahead of its long-delayed presidential election. Leopold Berlangerr, the president of the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council, says there was no choice but to push the vote back. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) PRESIDENT OF THE HAITIAN PROVISIONAL ELECTORAL COUNCIL (CEP), LEOPOLD BERLANGERR, SAYING: "On this basis and based on our findings the council met on Wednesday and agreed to postpone the elections scheduled for October 9, 2016." A new election date is not yet scheduled. The UN estimates some 350,000 people are in urgent need of help after Matthew.

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As Matthew pelts Haiti, officials postpone election

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:07