On Sunday August 9, Haiti held the first round of its 2015 elections but there were many issues including violence and names missing from voter lists. The Provisional Electoral Council has now announced that it will redo the elections in 25 constituencies, and also take measures to make the next round of elections go more smoothly.
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Haiti to redo legislative elections in 25 constituencies
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
August 20, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Balloting in Haiti’s recent violent, chaotic legislative elections will be rerun in 25 constituencies nationwide, including in the Artibonite Valley where the vote for several seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies has to be redone because of violence at the polls.
Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) made the announcement Thursday afternoon while also declaring a number of corrective measures it plans to take for the Oct. 25 runoff to prevent a repeat of the violence, late starts and voters’ list problems that marred the Aug. 9 legislative election. Among them: the campaigning period will extend beyond a month for candidates in the runoff and credentials for political party monitors will be available 15 days before the vote.
Officials also announced that voter turnout was a measly 18 percent countrywide with the West department, which includes Port-au-Prince, posting the lowest with 10 percent.
CEP member Nehemy Joseph also warned that the council wasn’t done taking sanctions against candidates — or political parties for the election day violence.
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