The Head of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Pierre-Louis Opont, says the date for the presidential and legislative runoff votes will be January 24th.

This announcement follows uncertainty that was voiced by the CEP in a letter that was sent to President Michel Martelly on Monday.

In that letter the CEP said more time was needed to organise the run-offs and 12 days of preparation “will not be sufficient”.

Last week, Martelly announced that the elections council had warned that the run-offs must be held by January 17th at the latest to fulfill the constitutional mandate of inaugurating a new president February 7th.

The run-off was scheduled to take place two weeks ago, but was jettisoned after Opposition factions alleged fraud during the first round in October.

A special commission was asked to investigate the electoral process following widespread street protests.

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