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 CEP, the body in charge of elections, had previously said that the elections were set to go. Now, Haiti is on track to have a transitional government and many questions remain about who will lead it, who will decide on its composition, and more.
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Postponed Haiti runoff endangers presidential handover
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
January 5, 2016
The head of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council says it’s impossible to organize a presidential runoff in time for the country to meet a Feb. 7 constitutionally imposed deadline for the handover of power from one elected president to another.
Pierre-Louis Opont made the revelation Monday in a letter to President Michel Martelly, who had been told that Jan. 17 is the latest date a second round could be held in time to meet the constitutional deadline. The letter was issued hours after a five-member elections evaluation commission issued a damning report discrediting the council and raising questions about the integrity of the much criticized Oct. 25 presidential and legislative vote.
“Twelve days of preparation will not be sufficient to complete the process prior to the elections,” Opont wrote while noting that the council, known as the CEP, had yet to receive the report of the “Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission formed by the executive.”
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