Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hopes for October 9th Haitian Elections

Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert passed an executive order for the country’s 5.8 million voters to show up at the polling stations on October 9th to vote for a new president. The Organization of American States (OAS) has grown increasingly worried, as Privert still remains president even though his term expired on June 14th. Haitian foreign minister, Pierrot Delienne, spoke at the OAS meeting in hopes of easing the international community. Although it is still unclear how Haiti will finance its elections without foreign aid from the United States and other countries, officials are determined to hold legitimate elections. There will be runoffs held for unresolved Senate seats, municipal seats, and the presidential seat.

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At OAS meeting, friends of Haiti pin hopes on Oct. 9 election

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald 

July 25th, 2016

Buoyed by the desire to get a democratically elected government in Haiti, diplomats at the Organization of American States on Wednesday said they welcomed interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert’s executive order for the country’s 5.8 million voters to report to the polls on Oct. 9 to vote on a new president.

But while many, led by representatives of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom), spoke in support of the process underway, all called on Haiti’s parliament to swiftly decide whether to keep or replace Privert, whose 120-day term expired June 14. Left unresolved, the OAS permanent council warned, Haiti’s worsening political crisis could ultimately jeopardize the presidential vote.

“It is time to make a decision that should have been made a long time ago,” Antigua Ambassador Ronald Sanders said, echoing OAS-Secretary General Luis Almagro’s recent statements.

Last week, after Haitian lawmakers blocked a vote on Privert for the fourth time in a month by failing to assemble a quorum, Almagro decried the “dilatory tactics.” On Wednesday, Canada joined in the criticism, saying that it is “deeply concerned by the dysfunctional actions of the political class in Haiti.”

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