Constitutional referendum postponed to September 26 in Haiti

The Haitian government has again postponed the date for the constitutional referendum to Sept. 26 2021, amid a spike in the COVID-19 cases on the island.

Haiti: The Haitian government has again postponed the date for the constitutional referendum to Sept. 26 2021, amid a spike in the COVID-19 cases on the island.

The Municipal and local elections have been scheduled for the year of 2022 on 16 January.

Earlier, the elections were postponed till Sept. 19 2021. Guylande Mesadieu – the president of the electoral board, stated in an interview, “Postponing the constitutional referendum was done to give the health ministry time to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.”

The electoral council asserted in a statement that the nation would implement COVID-19 health protocols so as to curb the spread of the virus and create a safe environment for the citizens of Haiti so that they can cast their vote.

Earlier, this month the President of Haiti – Jovenel Moise, extended the tenure of the Prime Minister – Claude Joseph, for thirty days, to which where some leaders appreciated the Presidents’ decision, the leaders of the opposition called this decision a waste of time.

Political chaos and tension have been going for a few months, and the residents of the Caribbean island have expressed their fear for the violence while going to the polls.

Despite this, the Caribbean island yet has not received COVID-19 vaccines, and there is a surge in the novel coronavirus cases. The Violence rate is also escalating on the island.

This is the second time that the date for the elections in Haiti has been postponed. On the other hand, the violence and crime rate has also jumped in the capital of the Caribbean island – Port-au-Prince, where in few recent weeks, the rival groups are fighting with each other and with the police officers of the streets.

This violent situation has forced thousands of the residents to displace and has also worsened the humanitarian crisis on the Caribbean island.