The Provisional Election Commission explained that in a country in a systemic crisis, the health crisis cannot “convene and train all temporary staff to vote.”
The Haitian election administration announced on Monday, June 7 that due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the constitutional referendum originally scheduled for June 27 was postponed.
“The motivation for this decision is that it is difficult for the council to convene and train all temporary staff to vote”, Designated the Haitian Provisional Electoral Commission in the press release.
The date of her outfit has not yet been determined.A new election calendar will be developed “Following the advice of the health authorities and the technical opinions of the senior executives of the electoral agency”, According to recommendations.
Since May 24, in the face of an increase in Covid-19 cases, Haiti has declared a state of health emergency throughout its territory. The Alpha and Gamma variants were previously detected-in Brazil in December 2020 and January 2021, respectively.
Before the recent coronavirus epidemic spread in the country, there were already doubts about the organization of the president’s referendum. Jovenel Moïse has been governed by law since January 2020, without checks and balances, and its legitimacy has been questioned by a large part of the political opposition and many civil society organizations.
Such elections have aroused criticism even in the presidential camp because the procedure has been accused of not respecting the provisions of the current constitution.