Haiti may postpone Sunday's presidential election till October 24

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Under: Haiti Hurricane Matthew
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A member of Haiti's electoral board speaking anonymously to local media said that electoral authorities are looking at the possibility of maybe reporting the presidential election due to take place Sunday, October 9th, to instead, October 24, for many reasons. To allow authorities more time to focus all their ressources on rescuing and providing relief to the tens of thousands displaced by the devastating storm; and also because officials fear that sensible voting materials would not make it to affected areas on time. The road access to the Southern peninsula of Haiti remains inaccessible after the bridge connecting that area to the rest of the country, was washed away by a raging river.

Breaking News: Access to Haiti southern peninsula cut off after bridge washed away [video]

The president of Haiti Jocelerme Privert at an emergency meeting with his cabinet during the hurricane, has shown himself to be in favor of the election going forward on October 9, as planned.

The president of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the only body with the authority to halt or postponed an electoral process, has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

As the picture of the scale of the disaster left behind by the storm, gets clearer, authorities will be more apt to decide whether or not to report the processus to a later date.

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