Following a damning report on Haiti’s October 25 elections by the Electoral Evaluation Commission President Martelly established, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that it cannot hold the next round of elections by January 17. The next day, the CEP, the body in charge of elections, said that elections can be held January 24. It remains unclear whether this new date will be in time for a new president to take power on the constitutionally-mandated deadline of February 7th. Many still believe Haiti is heading towards a transitional government and many questions remain about who would lead it, who would decide on its composition, and more.
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Haiti elections officials pick Jan. 24 for presidential runoff
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
January 5, 2015
Haiti’s postponed presidential and legislative runoffs and elections for local offices will take place on Jan. 24, the head of the Provisional Electoral Council announced Tuesday.
Pierre-Louis Opont disclosed the date in a letter to President Michel Martelly after a meeting of the nine-member council. Twenty-four hours earlier, Opont had informed Martelly that it was impossible to organize the elections for Jan. 17 — the final date, he said, voting could be staged to guarantee the handover of power from one elected president to another in time to meet the constitutionally imposed Feb. 7 deadline.
He now says it can be done.
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