The Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti (CEP) concluded a series of consultations with political parties and civil society which began in late April to establish the conditions under which the presidential elections will take place on October 9.

The inclusion of all stakeholders "is an important factor of mobilization for increased vigilance and participation of citizens to transparent and credible elections," said CEP president, Leopold Berlanger.

During the consultations, political parties, churches and some local election observation organizations where in favor of the promoted concept of "Community observer" (aka "witness"), proposed by the CEP to monitor the election.

"We decided to introduce witnesses in the electoral process," said Berlanger.

These observers will be deployed in groups of three in all polling stations to improve the monitoring by the representatives and supervisors; Journalists will also be added to the national and international observers, also said Leopold Berlanger, President of the CEP.

Delegates from civil society called on the CEP to implement all necessary measures to fight against dangerous factors for the electoral process, such as corruption and violence.

Furthermore, they insisted that all members of the polling stations are recruited from the civil society, not from political parties and party leaders who received government  grants in the 2015 elections.

In June, the interim government has set the date for new presidential elections after the CEP had to cancel the elections of October 25th  because of numerous irregularities.

Haiti is under an interim administration appointed by Parliament since February 7, after Michel Martelly's legal term ended without an elected president readily available.

The 120 days mandate of Jocelerme Privert who succeeded Martelly also ended this past June 14. Parliament remains deeply divided over the president's term. Three National Assemblies have so far taken place and none resulted in a vote to either extend the mandate of President or choose someone else to replace him. Ronald Larèche, Vice President of the Senate and Cholzer Chancy President of the Chamber of Deputies earlier today announced a fourth National Assembly on July 14; it remains unclear whether the political and financial interests will continue to prevent these legislators from making a decision rid the country of one less  uncertainty.

The new presidential elections will be held on October 9 and if no candidate receives the required majority, a second round will be held January 8, 2017.