Constitutional referendum postponed in Haiti amid COVID pandemic

The constitutional referendum, which was scheduled for June 27, has been postponed in Haiti amid the surge in COVID-19 pandemic cases.

Haiti: The constitutional referendum, which was scheduled for June 27, has been postponed in Haiti amid the surge in COVID-19 pandemic cases.

The new dates for the referendum have not been announced yet.

The decision came in the official statement that was made on Monday, which states that decision to postpone the constitutional referendum was caused by difficulties that the electoral council faced as it attempted to assemble and train all the temporary staff for the realisation of the poll in front of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the official statement, a new date would be announced after the recommendations of the health professionals and the technical advice of the executives of the electoral institution.

President Jovenel Moise has been ruling Haiti by decree after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed following debates on the limits of his term.

Organising the vote has already been complicated because of the growing insecurity condition on the island, and now it has been postponed. The island is suffering from a political crisis and battling the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time.

Recently, in the month of April, the Prime Minister of Haiti – Joseph Jouthe, resigned as the country struggled with political chaos.

On June 7, 2021, a total of 153 new cases of the COVID-19 mutant has been reported in the nation, taking the total number of the coronavirus cases to 15,588, out of which a total of 12,562 patients have been recovered from the novel coronavirus.

A total of 327 individuals have died in Haiti due to the deadly COVID-19 mutant, as of June 7 2021. Haiti declared a state of health emergency on May 24 2021, due to the rise in COVID-19 virus cases.

Over the weekend, conflicts between two gangs in a poor district of densely populated Port-au-Prince in Haiti forced hundreds of citizens to leave their homes, taking refuge in nearby churches and gymnasiums.