Fifty four presidential candidates in today’s poll
The people of Haiti will go to the polls again today. This time they will be voting to elect a new president as well as voting in the second round runoff for 20 of the 30 members of the upper house or Senate and the 118 members of the Chamber of Deputies.
There is a lot of confusion about who was elected in the first round on 9th August in the legislative elections. However, our research from various reports would suggest that only 8 candidates for deputy were elected —5 with absolute majority and 3 with a difference of more than 25% ahead their main opponent ; 4 elected candidates are from PHTK, 2 from AAA, one from VERITE and 1 from Consortium. Two senators were elected in the first round.
In the Presidential election 54 candidates are standing, but the incumbent president, Michel Martelly, is barred from standing having completed his one term in office. Opinion polls have not been very reliable but two polls by Integrated Communications and Research (ICR) and the Office of Research in Computer Science and Economic and Social Development (BRIDES) suggests that Jude Célestin of the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation Party (LAPEH) has around 31.3% and 12.8% of the vote respectively.
Jovenel Moise of the Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK) appears to be in second place with 12.9% and 20.5% of the vote respectively; he is backed by incumbent President Michel Martelly. Jean-Charles Moise of the Platfom Pitit Desalin comes in third with 10.7% and 8.7% respectively.
If these figures are anywhere near accurate then it means that Haitians will go to a second round of voting for a new president on 27th December.
The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has announced that there are 5,871,450 eligible voters who will vote at 13,725 polling stations in 1,508 voting centres in the 10 Departments between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time. There is no ‘out of country’ voting.
We can only hope that in this round of elections the turnout will be better than the recorded 18% turnout for the first round on 9th August. The new President will be sworn in on 7th February 2016.