Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council has postponed the Dec. 27 presidential runoff elections pitting government-backed candidate Jovenel Moïse against Jude Célestin, the former head of the state-owned construction agency. Elections officials made the announcement late Monday in a communiqué, just hours after the spokesman for the nine-member council, known as the CEP, told journalists that the body was ready to hold the vote. Also postponed were parliamentary runoffs and local elections, which were to take place on Dec. 27.
No alternative date was provided. Instead, officials noted that the runoff is pending the report of an electoral commission charged with evaluating the Oct. 25 presidential vote. Local electoral observer and presidential candidates, including Célestin, allege that the elections was marred by vote rigging and ballot stuffing.