Prayers for Haiti Government Elections
The general and presidential elections scheduled for February 2010 in Haiti were postponed indefinitely due to the January 2010 earthquake; there were concerns of instability in the country. Voting finally commenced on November 28, 2010, but no candidate received 50% of the votes cast, so a run-off was scheduled for January 16th. Rioting in the streets over election returns prevailed and the voting was postponed until March 20th with election returns to be announced by March 31st. On March 30th, however, it was announced by government officials that results would not be expected until at least April 4th. On April 4th, a senior Haitian official announced that Michel Martelly had won the run-off presidential election and official results would not be expected until April 16th.
This is only the third democratic election in Haitian history and previous elections were fraught with fraud and corruption allegations, re-counts, and brutality sometimes leading to death against voters. Although the media states there is calm in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, much prayer is needed for this nation in the midst of the aftermath of the earthquake which took the lives of more than 225,000 people.
Please keep Haiti in your prayers asking that the new democratically elected government be strong and open to the support God can provide to their nation.
Contributed by JoEllen Smith