Haitian Provisional President Jocelerme Privert (R) speaks after receiving a special commission’s investigative report on the 2015 Haitian election at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, on May 30, 2016. The commission proposes rerunning the presidential election of 2015. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Image)
By NAN Contributor
News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. June 14, 2016: The U.S. has revised its alert on all travel to Haiti in light of the announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council of a new election calendar.
The U.S. State Department revised its March 11, 2016 travel alert on Haiti on June 10,2016. The alert remains current through February 2017.
“Haiti’s unfinished presidential electoral process has made the political and security environment more uncertain, with possible demonstrations causing disruption to traffic and access to key locations in Port-au-Prince,” the U.S. State Department alert said. “Tensions remain high and we urge U.S. citizens to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation as the electoral process progresses. In addition to the dates mentioned above, possible points when demonstrations could occur include June 14, when the National Assembly is due to vote on the mandate of the Provisional President, and the dates on which provisional and definitive results of the above mentioned election rounds are announced.”
The first round of elections in Haiti is now set for October 9, 2016 and a second round on January 8, 2017.
The statement also warned U.S. nationals to maintain adequate supplies of food, water, essential medicines, and other supplies that will allow them to shelter in place for at least 72 hours” and to monitor local media for any changes in the election schedule.