Elections calendar on the horizon
The nine members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in Haiti on Saturday held talks with officials of the major political parties, amid widespread speculation that presidential elections could take place on October 9. According to media reports, the CEP has indicated a willingness to publish an electoral calendar soon, outlining the dates for the presidential elections.
The sources said the first round will be held on October 9, and if a candidate does not receive the necessary amount of votes to prevent a second round, then that will take place on January 8, 2017 and the final election results will be published January 30, next year.
Media reports said that Interim President Jocelerme Privert, told his Dominican Republic counterpart, Danilo Medina, that the poll will be held in October.
He said it “should take place on October 9 and that based on the information he has, “from the date of publication of the electoral calendar, CEP needs 90 to 120 days to organize elections.”
Haiti has been without an elected head of state ever since President Michel Martelly left office this past February.