Parliamentary elections are scheduled for Sunday in Haiti, and this first round of elections will likely indicate how the process will continue over the next few months. Currently, only 11 elected officials remain in office, but the current elections are being held for the chamber of deputies and 2/3 of the senate. Security concerns and poor voter turnout are among the list of lingering uncertainties, and IJDH and organizations around the world will be monitoring closely to track Haiti’s progress. After Sunday’s elections, presidential elections are scheduled for October, when 58 candidates will seek to replace President Michel Martelly.
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Haiti Elections: Long-Delayed Vote Will Be Crucial Test For Government
Brianna Lee, International Business Times
August 8, 2015
After years of fits, false starts and a festering political crisis, Haiti is finally set Sunday for long-delayed parliamentary elections. This weekend’s vote, originally scheduled for 2011, will be the first of three election rounds over the next few months in which Haitians will usher thousands of new officials into office. It will be a crucial show of democracy for the Caribbean nation that has been plagued by political uncertainty over the last four years.
But there’s little enthusiasm in the air. Haiti’s elections this year are the largest and most complex in recent memory, and questions are still swirling over whether the country’s electoral commission, formed in January, will be able to pull it off without major complications. The commission has been dogged by criticism in recent months over delays in training polling workers, disbursing campaign funds to political parties and distributing information to voters, and a spate of pre-election violence has boded ominously for security. Sunday will set the stage for the even higher-stakes voting rounds in October and December, which include parliamentary runoffs, mayoral elections and the presidential vote, so there is intense pressure on Haitian authorities to make sure this first Election Day goes smoothly.
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