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Thousands of Candidates Will Vie for Posts in Haiti's Long-Awaited Elections

LADB Article ID: 79674
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2015-06-04
By: George Rodríguez

Thousands of candidates are ready to enter the vote-getting battle in Haiti, gearing up for the much-delayed elections to fill high public posts ranging from the presidency to congressional and municipal positions. After rejecting, for a variety of reasons, about one-quarter of congressional hopefuls, the morning of May 15, the nine-member Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP) posted online the names of the 1,500 candidates to fill 138 of the 168 seats in this French- and Creole-speaking, dramatically impoverished island nation’s bicameral parliament. The 118 seats making up the Chambre des Députés (the congressional lower house) and 20 of the 30 seats in the Sénat (Senate) are up for grabs. The deputies' term lasts four years, while two-thirds of the senators are elected for six years and the remaining third’s term runs two years. Joint meetings of both legislative branches are held as the Assemblée Nationale. Meanwhile, close to 12,000 candidates for the municipal vote have been green-lighted by the CEP, and, in view of a persistent demand by political parties, it decided to grant yet another extension to the deadline for online pre-registrations and for delivering documents.

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