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As Haiti Preps for Election Verification, PHTK Plans Protests

Haiti’s final round of elections has been postponed once again as the interim government prepares to verify the previous rounds. Former president Martelly’s party, PHTK, has joined the international community in standing against a verification with Martelly going so far as to write a letter to interim president Privert. In response to Martelly’s condemnation of the continued election delays, Privert’s supporters reminded Martelly that he played a major role in the elections being so badly delayed in the first place.

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As Haiti misses presidential runoff deadline, protests scheduled

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

April 23, 2016

A supporter of presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, from the PHTK political party, holds up a sign that reads in Creole "Commission no, electoral council yes," during a protest on April 14 to demand the second round presidential election in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Once more, Haiti is missing an election deadline Sunday — and will not have an elected president in office by May 14, the date stipulated in a Feb. 5 political accord to transfer power from the country’s current caretaker government to an elected one.

According to the political accord, Haiti’s 5.8 million voters should be heading to the ballot box. But a weeks-long political battle over the formation of the interim government, the late seating of a new elections body and the calls for a vote recount led to no official scheduling of the date by the Provisional Electoral Council, and no presidential decree officially calling voters to the polls.

“Today for the elections to happen you have to ask ‘Do the conditions exist?’ ” provisional President Jocelerme Privert told the Miami Herald during a visit to the United Nations where Haiti was among 175 countries Friday that signed the Paris climate agreement. He expects an elections calendar to be published by the end of May, he said.


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