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June 21, 2009 Held

4,223,219
Registered to Vote
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Republic of Haiti

Election for Sénat (Senate)

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At stake in this election:

  • 12 seats in the Senate (Sénat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President René PREVAL
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Michèle PIERRE-LOUIS
  • Assembly: Haiti has a bicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) consisting of the Senate (Sénat) with 30 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Députés) with 99 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is nominated by the President.
  • In the Senate (Sénat) 30 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 6-year terms*. In the Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Députés) 99 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms. One-third of the Senate is elected every two years. The electoral system is two-round.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 9,852,953 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 4,223,219

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,982,795 (2009)

·         Is Haiti a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Haiti ratified CEDAW: Yes (20 July 1981)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 4 (Chamber of Deputies); 4 (Senate) following 2006 elections 

·         Human Development Index Position: 163

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium

Disability Data:

·         Is Haiti a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Haiti ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (23 July 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,411,421 (est.)