Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s elections commission has set a date for the country’s long overdue parliamentary elections and a controversial constitutional referendum that he is pushing to introduce before leaving office.
The calendar announced Thursday makes it clear that Moïse, whose presidential term is the subject of intense debate, has no intentions of stepping down from office on Feb. 7th, as opponents and some legal scholars are pushing for based on their reading of the law.
The schedule will draw Haitians to the polls in April to vote on a new constitution and in September to cast ballots for lawmakers and president. That timeline makes it clear that Moïse intends to continue with his one-man rule for months to come, defying the U.S. and Organization of American States. Both have repeatedly called on Moïse to hold legislative elections as soon as “technically feasible.”