Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, November 19, 2016 Under: Elections
Jovenel Moise Jude Celestin
More than 6 million Haitians out of a total population of 12 million are expected to go to the polls on Sunday to choose their next president as well as legislators, in what has been described as one of the closest watched presidential elections in Haiti's history.
Voters on November 20 will choose whom among the 27 candidates for president, 16 for senators and 25 for deputies best represent them. A second round presidential is expected for January 29, 2017, unless one of the presidential candidates receive at least 50%, plus one of the votes, or is ahead by the following candidate by more than 25%, in the first round.
Speaking to reporters, the president of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Leopold Berlanger, said that everything was ready for the election to take place Sunday, as scheduled. The head of the electoral body also confirmed that a drill was conducted on Friday to test out the electoral machines, and that sensitives and non sensitive materials, and all the electoral observers were deployed to their assigned voting centers throughout the country.
Leopold Berlanger also addressed an issue that was of great concerns during last year's presidential election, which ultimately would be cancelled for fraud: Accreditation of party representatives to monitor the polls.
The head of the CEP said that 125,800 party representatives were given special IDs to monitor electoral activities, and insists on strict compliance with all electoral laws.
Sunday's presidential election is historic for Haiti, for the first time in the politically troubled Caribbean nation's history that the result of a presidential election had to be thrown out due to unprecedented widespread fraud allegations.
Whatever the political disagreements may be, the next president of Haiti will assume power over a devastated country that is dealing with many difficult challenges. Just a little over a month ago a powerful hurricane killed nearly a thousand, displaced hundreds of thousands more and plunged 1.5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance. A cholera epidemic is surging amid the disaster left behind by Hurricane Matthew last month, but health authorities have already provided vaccination to more than 820.000 people against the disease.
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