Haiti Constitutional Referendum Postponed to September

Haitian authorities announced that a constitutional referendum would be held on September 26, the same day as presidential and legislative elections, after postponing the date twice due to the pandemic, according to an official calendar.

Guylande Mesadieu, the electoral board president, said that postponing the referendum was done to give the health ministry time to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

According to officials, local and municipal elections have been postponed until January 2022.

President Jovenel Moise has ruled Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree since parliamentary elections were postponed in 2018 and after disagreements over when his tenure would finish.

The first round of presidential and legislative elections was scheduled for September 26, with the second round set for November 21.

“The provisional electoral council reaffirms its determination to accomplish its mission in complete independence, in a credible, honest, and transparent manner,” said an official statement.

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