Haitian president calls on population to participate in upcoming election

The Haitian people are invited to take part in voting on Sunday, August 9, 2015, for the first round of parliamentary elections and on Sunday, October 25, 2015, for the first round of the presidential election.

The local elections and the second round of parliamentary elections are scheduled for Sunday, December 27, 2015, while the second round of the presidential election, if any, will be held on the same date.

The timetable is final because it was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic, Le Moniteur, and is a decisive step towards the holding of long-delayed elections.

Martelly, according to a press release from the presidency, “takes this opportunity to invite the voting age population and holders of the national identification card to fulfill their civic duty and at the same time contribute to the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law.”

Also according to the statement, Martelly called the people to go to the polls on the above dates, “while reiterating the strong determination of the executive to facilitate the holding of free, credible, independent, transparent and inclusive elections.”

Martelly’s successor will take office on February 7, 2016, while a new legislature should be inaugurated by the second Monday of January of the same year, as stipulated by the current constitution.

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