by Yves Pierre-Louis & Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Sept. 28, 2016
Interim President Jocelerme Privert said this week that Haiti’s Oct. 9 elections are “irreversible,” calling on government authorities and police to refrain from interference and voters to remain non-violent. Meanwhile, Haitian and international election observation groups are preparing for the vote, running simulations and collecting candidate programs.
On Sep. 23, Privert addressed the 71st opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He told the body that Haitians would vote in two weeks, and that “without honest and credible elections, it is futile to hope for a peaceful political transition.” He is scheduled to pass power to Haiti’s next elected president on Feb. 7, 2017.
On returning to Haiti on Sep. 26, Privert held a press conference to reassure a jittery nation that the elections are on track.
"On Oct. 9, elections will be held in an irreversible way,” Privert declared. “The skeptics, who didn’t believe that the government would carry out the elections, are now facing a machine that nothing can stop. The election schedule is going forward just as planned, and there is no delay in its implementation.”