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Parliamentary vacancies – What this means for Sunday’s election

For Sunday’s election, many legislative seats are up for grabs, including more than half of the Senate. With so many vacancies, it is important to stay up to date and informed about Parliamentary candidates. Learn more by reading and clicking on the article below.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Haiti Election Primer, Part 3: The Parliament

Jake Johnston, The Center for Economic and Policy Research

November 17, 2016

 

Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here

Read Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties, here

Often lost in the discussion of Haiti’s presidential race is the fact that many legislative seats are up for grabs as well, including more than half of the Senate. Currently, the parliament is pretty evenly split between political factions but with such a high number of seats left to be decided the balance of power could shift dramatically this weekend. Control of the legislative body is especially important in Haiti’s political system, where it is parliament that approves the new prime minister and government program.

The presidential election was scheduled to coincide with the expiration of one-third of the Senate. Ten Senators had been elected to six-year terms in 2010, so ten first-round races for senate seats will be conducted on November 20. Six second-round Senate races and two dozen second-round races for Deputy will be held as well. The second-round races are the continuation of last year’s fraud- and violence-plagued elections…

 

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