Haiti Delays Presidential Runoff Again in Electoral Dispute
Jan 24, 2016 07:10 AM EST
Presidential run-off in Haiti has been delayed one more time in accordance of an electoral dispute. The said presidential runoff was indefinitely put on hold as Haiti's leaders desired to discuss first the resolution and find out what threatens the controversial constitutional crisis there is.
According to Yahoo! News, the Provisional Electoral Council decided to put on hold the presidential runoff on Sunday by reason that there has been too much violence in the country. Pierre-Louis Opont, Council President had expressed the said thought during a news conference. In addition, the capital has been ransacked by the violent protests by the opposition that led to the indefinite hold of the runoff.
The Provisional Electoral Council did not set any date on when exactly the presidential runoff will be ready and resume. And there is no final decisions yet as to whether an interim government will take over of the presidential runoff after February 7 - when President Michel Martelly is required to leave office as per the Constitution states. No further accord yet if he would still remain in power until a new president will be elected, Boston Globe shared.
A lot of violent protests were made. President Michel Martelly, with all his power, was supposed to address the recent dispute in a speech. But, the president cancelled the said addressing because of the ongoing protests and various barricades that have been executed by the protesters. Washington Post cited that the said presidential runoff was reported to have a lot of dispute caused by fraud and electoral sabotage - most of which was in favor of the presidential successor, Jovenel Moise.
Protests have grown and seems to be increasing - and thus, is getting more violent that harm so many. Haiti, as of the moment, has a shaky disposition and has been needing the peacekeeping force of the United Nations for assistance.