Haiti postpones June 27th constitutional referendum | Election News
In the latest turn of the political crisis in the Caribbean countries, no new voting date was announced because President Jovenel Moise continued to rule by decree.
Haiti postpones a constitutional referendum originally scheduled for June 27 Due to the coronavirus pandemic No new voting date was given, further deepening the country’s political crisis.
After the 2018 legislative elections were postponed due to controversy over term limits, President Jovenel Moise has been passing decree to rule Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas.
In addition to the September presidential, legislative and local elections, Mois also hopes to submit a new draft of the island nation’s constitution for referendum on June 27.
Last month, he stated that despite international criticism that the process was not “tolerant, involved or transparent” in a country plagued by political insecurity and criminal gangs, he would continue to move forward.
But the official statement on Monday said Postponed decision The motivation is the “difficulties” faced by the Election Commission when it tries to “convene and train all temporary staff to achieve the vote” in the face of the pandemic.
It said that the new date will be fixed “after the health authorities’ recommendations and the technical recommendations of the election agency’s executives.”
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Haiti declared a health emergency on May 24.
However, due to the growing insecurity in the country, organizing voting has become very complicated.
Last weekend, two gangs clashed in a densely populated poor area of ??Port-au-Prince, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes and take refuge in nearby churches and stadiums.
Because the government failed to control criminal violence, Moise faced anger and demanded his resignation. He will serve as the sixth prime minister within four years.
In April, the country’s Prime Minister Joseph Yout resigned due to political chaos in the country.
In addition to the political crisis, the surge in kidnappings for ransom in recent months further reflects the increasing influence of armed groups in Caribbean countries.
It also faces chronic poverty and recurring natural disasters.