On August 9, Haitians citizens will elect two-thirds of the 30-member Senate and all 119 members of the Chamber of Deputies, which together compose the country’s bicameral Parliament.
Haiti has been without a functioning Parliament since January 2015 when Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned and the legislative body dissolved after elections were not held as scheduled. These elections have been postponed numerous times since 2011 as President Michel Martelly and opposition parties have clashed over electoral legislation.
To help you understand this critical electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Haiti: 2015 Legislative Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- Who are citizens voting for on Election Day?
- What is the gender balance within the candidate list?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- How will voters with disabilities cast their ballots?
Learn more about IFES' program in Haiti.