Hopes that the historic March ‘El Rancho’ accord between the executive, the legislature and political parties [RC-14-04]
would pave the way for long overdue legislative and municipal elections to take place in Haiti this year have proven misplaced. Back in July [RC-14-08
] the government led by President Michel Martelly set 26 October as the date for elections for 20 of the 30 seats in the senate (ten of which have been empty since May 2012) and the entire 99-seat chamber of deputies, while municipal elections were set for 28 December. However, the new provisional electoral court (CEP) has declared that it is impossible to hold the vote due to the senate’s failure to approve necessary legislation. This raises questions as to what will happen in January 2015, when more legislative seats will become vacant, rendering it inoperative.