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Haiti - Politic : The next elections, mission impossible
16/07/2019 10:28:04

Haiti - Politic : The next elections, mission impossible
With the approach of the date of the legislative and municipal elections scheduled for the last Sunday of October, political leaders express their pessimism and their doubts more and more openly, on the holding of this vote to renew in particular 1/3 of the elected of the Senate and the totality of the elected representatives of the lower House whose budget not approved is estimated between 50 and 75 million dollars according to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26595-haiti-elections-the-cep-is-in-time.html

After the statements last March 12 of Carl Murat Cantave, the Senate Speaker who considered that the holding of parliamentary elections was not possible https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27173-haiti-politic-the-senate-speaker-does-not-believe-possible-elections-this-year.html due in particular to the insecurity in the neighborhoods, the budget of the elections which is registered in the budget of the exercise 2018-2019, which is still not tabled in Parliament and the absence of a legal framework (electoral and organic laws of the Provisional Electoral Council); similar positions expressed last week by La Fondasyon Je Klere (JKL), the Citizen Observatory for the Institutionalization of Democracy (OCID), and the Citizen Organization for a New Haiti (OCNH) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28206-haiti-news-zapping.html Clarens Renois, coordinator of the National Union for Integrity and Reconciliation party, and Camille Chalmers, spokesperson of the Rasin Kan Pèp party" to say that all indicators show that elections are not feasible this year.

Only for the Head of State these elections remain a reality, the latter having recently declared in the foreign press that it was necessary to depoliticize and strengthen the Provisional Electoral Council "to inspire confidence in the forthcoming parliamentary elections of October" without ever mentioning a possible postponement.

If these elections are realized, it will be the first time in 15 years that the Haitian Government will organize a poll without the presence of UN accompanying forces, the last UN mission (Minujusth) ending on October 16, 2019.

Moreover, academics and economists point out that the electoral models usually used in Haiti have so far brought more problems than solutions...

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