The Haitian electoral administration announced, Monday, June 7, evening the postponement of the constitutional referendum scheduled for June 27 due to the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.
“This decision is motivated by the difficulties for the council to assemble and train all the temporary staff for the conduct of the poll”, specifies the Haitian provisional electoral council in a press release.
No date for his outfit has yet been set. A new electoral calendar will be established “After the recommendations of the health authorities and the technical opinions of the executives of the electoral institution”, according to the advice.
Presidential legitimacy contested
Since May 24, Haiti has declared a state of health emergency throughout its territory in the face of the increase in Covid-19 cases, following the detection of the Alpha and Gamma variants – respectively identified for the first time in the UK in December 2020 and in Brazil in January 2021.
Before this recent spread of the coronavirus epidemic in the country, doubts already existed about the organization of the referendum carried by the president. The legitimacy of Jovenel Moïse, who has governed by decree and without checks and balances since January 2020, is contested by a large part of the political opposition and many civil society organizations.
Such an election raises criticism even in the presidential camp because the procedure is accused of not respecting the provisions of the current Constitution.