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Haiti Election dates, August 9 Senate, October 25 for Deputies and President

The CEP has announced the various dates on Thursday for the long overdue legislative and municipal elections. A date is set as well for the presidential vote. They also revealed the Electoral Timetable as well at the Hotel Karibe Convention Center.

Here are the important dates to remember:

June 19, 2015, Start of the electoral campaign

March 16, 2015, Reopening of the Political Parties Registration :

Monday, April 6, Partial Legislative Elections : (20 Senators and 118 deputies)

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Haiti to hold Parliamentary Elections August 9th, Presidential October 25th

Haitian voters are scheduled to vote for members of Parliament on August 9th of this year. They will cast their ballots to seat two-thirds of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. Presidential and local elections are scheduled for October 25th. President Martelly will not be running for another term in office since the Constitution forbids him from serving more than one five-year term.

State elections have been delayed for over four years. The last scheduled election was supposed to be held in October 2014, but a stand-off between Martelly and opposition leaders put the kibosh on that. Then the constitutional window of opportunity lapsed. The Haitian Constitution stipulates that deputies' terms are for four years while senate terms last six on an alternating basis.

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Dates proposed for Presidential and Legislative Elections

The Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has announced dates for this year's elections. August 9th Haitians will go to the polls to seat two-thirds of the Senate and all of the Lower Chamber. The presidential election will be held October 25th as well as local and city elections. If there is not a clear winner for the presidency, a run-off will happen on December 27th.

But the dates aren't firm as it needs approval from the major parties. INITE has okayed the timetable, but extremist party Fanmi Lavalas disapproves. They feel the suggested electoral period is too lengthy, and many political parties have insufficient funding to compete favorably over such a long stretch of time. They add that being without a constitutional government in place for too long poses a threat to Haiti's stability.

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Haiti elections for senators and Deputies to take place in July

The question as to how long President Michel Martelly's ability to rule the country by presidential decree will continue seems to have an answer, as elections are to be called in the middle of the year, July to be exact, for the deputies and senators. Recent information from the country's electoral council is that the first round of legislative elections will take place in five months, to establish the entire Lower Chamber and 20 senators. The news was followed closely by that which said the second round would occur in October 25, at the same time as the presidential elections.

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Haitian President Martelly prepared to issue Decree to hold Critical Elections

The Haitian Parliament is now non-functional, its members' terms having expired on January 12th. This development gives President Martelly the power, as a ruler by decree, to issue an order to organize elections. The opposition-six senators had been refusing to attend Parliament to fill a necessary quorum so an electoral law could be passed permitting state and local elections.

Martelly has clarified he doesn't want to rule by decree, but he is making an exception because legislative elections are absolutely vital to Haiti's interests domestically and internationally. Martelly has been criticized for not acting soon enough so Parliament would remain functional. But others hold Parliament responsible, in particular the opposition-six senators, who refused to make up a quorum of 16 senators needed to pass the electoral law so ballots could be cast. Rather than let Martelly win by submitting to him, the senators preferred to let him win by default. Had they formed a quorum and voted, their terms would have been extended until April for the lower chamber and September for the senate.

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Protesters demanding the chance to vote in legislative and local elections

Beginning in the slums of the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Bel Air, some few thousand protesters, including members of the Haitian opposition, marched through the capital to demand they receive the chance to vote for the local and legislative elections that have been due for three years now. The announcement was made early on the day for the vote, Sunday, October 26, 2014 by the President, who stated that the political atmosphere was still too unstable to facilitate an election.

Whatever the reason for the delay, the effect is the same. The widespread chaos is slowly migrating out of the capital and into the other areas of the country, such as Cap-Haitian, with people eager to exercise their constitutional right to vote for their leaders. The protesters were armed with placards, burning rum-soaked wood and their voting cards, demonstrating their readiness for the vote. Some of the more radical had images of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, currently on house arrest in his Port-au-Prince home pending charges of corruption.

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Nine members of the electoral council to be installed within the next 24 hours

The 9 members of the electoral council, which will be responsible to organize the next Haiti election is expected to be installed soon, likely today. Unlike previously, this time the members have been proposed by different sectors of the Haitian society, including the Catholic Episcopal Conference, women's organizations, the Protestant, the business sector, human rights organizations, workers' unions, the Media, University and the Voodoo sectors.

Here is the list of the 9 members of the electoral council who will be installed soon:

Yolette Mengual,
Vijonet Demero,
Ricardo Augustin,
Pierre Louis Opont,
Jaccéus Joseph,
Lourdes Edith Joseph,
Pierre Manigat Jr.,
Néhémy Joseph,
Lucie Marie Carmel Paul-Austin

What do you think?

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Three-year saga of Haiti's legislative elections increase risk to foreign investment

Haitian Economy to Suffer if no Elections held by January 2015. The longer Haiti delays on having state and local elections the worse it is for the country's economy.

Elections have been set back time after time since 2011 while wrangling continues over issues like the seating of the Permanent Electoral Council. Once that problem was settled--or seemed to be--the legitimacy of a political appointee became a red herring to keep the government from setting a date for elections again.

What happens if Haiti does not hold elections by January 2015 (and it is very doubtful; it takes six months to prepare for an election) is President Martelly will rule by decree. Foreign investors are concerned if this should come to pass the risk for violent uprisings will force the country into a period of political instability, a climate antithetical to foreign investment. Currently, potential investors are reluctant to invest in Haiti due to its lack of good governance, and its effect on attracting enough investment to its tourism sector, because of political gridlock.

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U.N. and US Blame Opposition Group of 6 Senators in Haiti for Delayed Elections

Elections in Haiti are often not occasions one may set their clocks by, but the outside forces of the U.N. and US are now making mention of the most recent hold-up, not mincing words when pointing the blame as to whom is responsible.

Earlier in September, at the United Nations Security Council meeting, Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the U.N., fingered the so-monikered "Group of 6", an opposition group that has created the electoral stalemate. She pointed out at the gathering that this group of Senators had gone as far as to even prevent a debate on the electoral law. Also labelled as guilty, this time by the head of MINUSTAH, is a senatorial group who are against the El Rancho Accord.

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Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has 8 days to resign or by December 17

Do you think Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is really on his way out?

As it has been the case many times in the past, tomorrow, December 12, will be yet another very important day for Haiti. This is the day when President Michel Martelly will make his final decision known on the various recommendations of the Presidential Consultative Commission.

The most important decision he will have to make however will be whether or not he will keep his good friend Laurent Lamothe as Prime Minister.

The Presidential Consultative Commission who recommended the resignation of Prime Minister Lamothe also proposed a roadmap to have it done sooner than later. Based on the recommendations, Laurent lamothe would only have 8 days lest before he resigns or by no later than December 17, 2014.

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