Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The Haitian Provisional Electoral Council achieved two major steps on the way to the upcoming elections. The council published the definitive electoral schedule and a list of political parties allowed to campaign. According to the calendar, the presidential and legislative polling will take place in two rounds, on November 20 and January 3. The municipal and local election will be held on December 11. Nearly half of the potential 2.7 million voters have registered so far. The electoral campaign will be officially opened on October 8. However, many political parties and candidates have been campaigning for many weeks in the countryside. More than thirty political figures and candidates plan to run for presidency. The group of ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who lives in exile in South Africa, has chosen father Gerard Jean Juste as their presidential candidate. But Juste has been in custody since July 21 for his alleged responsibility in the abduction and slaughter of a prominent journalist, Jacques Roche, in mid-July.