Haiti to hold fresh Presidential election


Haiti has decided to abandon its part held presidential election and to set a new election probably for later this year.

The first round of the presidential election took place on 25th October 2015 and the second round was due to take place on 27th December. However, the second round runoff between Jovenel Moïse of the Haitian Tèt Kale Party and Jude Célestin of the Alternative League for Haitian Progress and Empowerment (Ligue Alternative pour le Progrès et l’Emancipation Haitienne) after accusations of widespread fraud.

As a consequence a new date was set for 24th April (subsequently abandoned) and Jocelerme Privert was sworn in during February as interim president for a 120 day period with the mandate to organise the second round runoff. Then a special commission was set up to investigate the fraud allegations and it is the findings of that commission that has led to the cancellation of the current presidential election process and the decision to start again.

The electoral commission has announced that a new first round will be held on 9th October 2016 with a second round on 8th January 2017. That means that Jocelerme Privert is likely to remain the interim president until those new elections are completed.

The rather complicated mess Haiti has found itself in does not just involve the presidential election, it also involves further rounds of elections for the Senate (upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (lower house). If you want to see the full electoral timetable for the elections then you can find it (in French) here.

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