The constitutional referendum would be held on Sept 26 in Haiti. On the same date, the presidential and legislative elections have also been held. The government stated that the date of the constitutional referendum had been changed twice because of the pandemic.
The date of the Constitutional referendum has been changed due to the high political tensions in the region of the Caribbean, and suspicion of violence on the polls have also been the reason for the postponement.
Violence has also increased during the recent weeks as the rival groups in Haiti have been engaging in physical fights with each other. The police have also been relocating the thousand out of them. The situations have also been worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis.
Previously the elections were scheduled for Sept 19. The time by has been given to the Health Minister to deal with the COVID-19 increasing cases across the country. Guylande Mesadieu, the president of the electoral board stated.
According to the statement of the electoral council, the country must fulfil the health measures to mitigate the COVID-19 spread in the country. These steps would also assist the country and the citizens of Haiti to cast the votes safely. The date of Jan 16 has decided for the Municipal and local elections.
President Jovenel Moise has been saying that the powers of the president needed to be strengthened to break A “decades-long cycle of political crises”. Still, the result has not been clear that what the constitutional referendum would come out in future.
The position of president has weakened in the 1987 Magna Carta of Haiti.
Haiti has got a warning of Level-4 due to increased crime, civil unrest, crime, kidnapping, and COVID-19 increased spread. The U.S. State Department has also issued this warning against Haiti to all those who travel here.
President of Haiti Jovenel Moise extended the tenure of Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph as the head of the government for the next 30 days, and PM thanked the president for giving this extension.