“I want to congratulate you for the leadership. I know you played a very important role in the last election when you sent a team and basically helped the will of the people become a reality, because it wasn’t so before your visit.”

– Former prime minister Laurent Lamothe

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Associated Press: Haiti Democracy Observers Saw Few Irregularities

James Morrell, director of the Washington-based research group Haiti Democracy Project, noted that charges of rampant fraud have arisen after many Haitian elections, notably in the 2000, 2006 and 2010 cycles. But his organization’s 180 election monitors saw relatively few irregularities in October and he believes Moise is the legitimate leading candidate. Click here for full...

Observer Reports

Learn more Uniquely among electoral organizations, the NOAH/Haiti Democracy mission is posting its raw observer reports on the web to let the observers speak for themselves and not be filtered through “leaders” with their own...

Le scandale qui n’y était pas

      Contents (cntl + click to go to page) Executive summary. 1 The observer’s report 2 Poll workers’ commentary. 6 Statistical examination of the returns. 8 About the mission. 11 Un rapport de la huitième mission électorale de l’organisation nationale pour l’avancement des haïtiens et le projet pour la démocratie en Haïti. Le 21 novembre 2015, encore un autre scandale à bouleversé les elections en Haïti. “Le CEP a vérifié les fraudes massives” à déclaré Maryse Narcisse sur les ondes de la Radio Métropole.  “La décision du BCEN est scandaleuse selon le RDNNH,” le 24 novembre.   Le conseil électoral a examiné un lot de soixante-dix-huit procès-verbaux initialement décrits comme un échantillon aléatoire, plus tard, comme une sélection par un parti politique. Il a mis à l’écart tous les soixante-dix-huit examinés ce qui met en doute la crédibilité de l’élection et renforce la revendication de l’opposition.  Si tous les soixante-dix-huit procès-verbaux de l’échantillon sont mauvais qu’en est-il de la quantité non examinée?   Des soixante-dix-huit procès-verbaux,  treize sont venus d’un centre de vote à Cité Soleil,  dix d’un lycée à Hinche au Plateau central.   Au lycée de Hinche était présente une observatrice électorale de la huitième mission au cours de toute la journée électorale.  Cliquez ici pour continuer . ....

Summary Election Report

    Summary Report The elections of August 9 and October 25, 2015   Leadership Haiti had a chance to have “Mr. Elections” of 2006 lead the electoral commission. Jacques Bernard, nominated by the private sector, had run the three freest elections in Haiti’s history. Neutral and impervious to political influence, he would have strengthened the commission against the coming attacks from losing candidates seeking to overturn the results. In a self-defeating move eclipsed only by the withdrawal of the Harlan County in 1993, the United States vetoed this nomination. In Bernard’s place came a typical intriguer who had manipulated the quarantine in 2010 at President Préval’s bidding. The baleful effects of this choice would soon become apparent. Disqualification of Peaceful Candidates In the political brokering that had won the opposition’s acquiescence to elections, the prime minister had been sacked. The substitute commissioner barred him and a number of other government figures from running on various pretexts which revealed that issues from the political arena were driving electoral administration. Those barred could probably have won the presidency and at least one senate seat. The politicization was flagrant enough to prompt a U.S. senator to insert a reporting requirement in the foreign-aid bill. Qualification of Violent Criminals The total impunity for powerful figures has shredded the rule of law in Haiti and throttled economic development. In 2009 Haiti’s leading human-rights organization warned that the qualification of criminals to run for office would turn the senate into a “lair of bandits.” The organization said nothing this year, however, when the same individuals turned up as presidential and senatorial candidates. The electoral commission allowed all...

Were the Polling Returns Altered? Check for Yourself

Learn more In 2010, the Fifth Mission initiated the correction of the election by posting on the web a comparison of polling returns to published results. We placed them side by side. For our entire batch, they showed that the final results had been padded with one or two hundred votes per polling place for the government candidate, completely changing the outcome of the race. For the 2015 election, we revert to the same procedure, presenting the evidence and letting our readers decide for...

Comment on a Recent New York Times Editorial

The Haitian election is mostly not as the editorial described it. The problems began when the United States vetoed the nomination of a neutral electoral commissioner in favor of one who had cheated in the last election. You can search the news columns for information about this perverse action, but you won’t find it–it was completely buried. The problems compounded when the substitute commissioner politicized the candidate selection process. As a result the president and several of the senators won’t be the ones the voters would have chosen. Within this degraded list, the commission then allowed a free vote. Our organization sent 180 election observers out during the two elections, and they mostly reported good conditions. The allegations the editorial repeated about altered returns and party poll watchers voting multiple times are mostly the brouhaha of losing candidates who want to overturn the results. The brouhaha is believed only because of low confidence in the electoral commission. Regrettably, the usually-reliable Haitian observation organizations have added their voice to it, but a careful reading of their report will show that their conclusions go well beyond the evidence presented. No independent commission is really needed to review the election because the material to gauge it is already available. Nor could the election be held over again, it is too expensive. What should be done, though, is that the earlier politicization should be reversed. The criminals who were allowed to run in violation of the law should be disqualified. The candidates who were dumped but who would probably have won should be given commensurate responsibilities in the next administration. And the American people need...

The NOAH/Haiti Democracy Mission Strikes Again!

We anticipate the finding of the European Union’s electoral mission in Haiti by nine days Just as in 2010, when the Fifth Electoral Mission anticipated the findings of the Verification Mission by five weeks, the Eighth Mission has now beat another official mission to the punch. On December 10, 2015, we published our report, “The Scandal That Wasn’t” based on our observer reports. This was the first report to puncture the myth of seventy-two polling returns alleged to be a random sample and fraudulent. The word had spread around Haiti like wildfire: If all seventy-two of a sample were bad, what did that say about the rest of them? The second largest lot of the seventy-two returns came from a voting center in Hinche where we had deployed an observer all day. She submitted a detailed, twenty-page report that found all to have been in good order. We found four more qualified witnesses in this voting center who have submitted two more detailed observer reports, for a total of sixty pages of examination of the opening, voting process, closing, and count. All were agreed that no one was allowed to vote more than once and there were no interruptions or disorder. The hand tallies taken on the spot match the results published by the electoral commission. On December 19, 2015 the European Union’s mission published its “Analyse des 78 PV vérifiés par le Bureau du Contentieux Electoral National.” The EU mission used a completely different methodology, that of closely analyzing the polling returns received at the Tabulation Center and finding the errors in them to be minor. The methodology employed is riskier because it assumes that...

The Scandal That Wasn’t

Executive Summary 1 Observer’s report 2 Four other  witnesses’ reports 6 Statistical examination of the returns 8 About the electoral missions  11 On November 21, 2015, yet another scandal shook the Haitian election. “Le CEP a vérifié les fraudes massives affirme Maryse Narcisse,” Radio Métropole reported. “La décision du BCEN est scandaleuse selon le RNDDH,” the radio station reported on November 24. The electoral commission examined a group of seventy-eight polling returns originally described as a random sample, later as a selection by a political party. It discarded or changed all seventy-eight of them, lending color to the opposition’s claims of massive fraud. If all seventy-eight were bad, what did that say about the rest of the returns still unexamined? Of the group of seventy-eight, the largest group, thirteen, came from a voting center in Cité Soleil. The next largest group was ten from a high school in Hinche, Central Plateau. The Eighth Electoral Mission deployed an accredited electoral observer in that high school all day. This report is based on three elements: (1) The observer’s report; (2) two other witnesses’ commentary; and (3) a statistical examination of the returns to see if they deviate significantly from the norm in the Hinche area. Executive Summary The observer was in the voting center from the opening through the count. She reported that all went well. The party poll watchers were not allowed to vote multiple times. Her hand tally of the results matches perfectly the results posted on the electoral commission’s website. Four other qualified witnesses were in agreement with the observer’s findings. One of them reported that groups of ten party poll watchers were rotated...

Espace Observateurs

Elections du 25 octobre 2015 Formulaire d’observation à remplir Envoyez-le s.v.p. à james.morrell@haitipolicy.org Formulaire d’observation pour imprimer Tous les observateurs accrédités de notre mission peuvent télécharger et imprimer le formulaire. Tous les observateurs qui ont participé dans notre mission électorale de 9 août étaient qualifiés de rejoigner la nouvelle mission pour 25 octobre. Téléchargez si vous plaît les instructions Instructions Questions E-mail le directeur james.morrell@haitipolicy.org. On le trouve aussi au WhatsApp Appelez les coordinateurs de base: Pythagore Dumas (509) 3600-8081 | Wilby Louis (509) 3196-1213. On peut les trouver aussi au WhatsApp...

Thirty-ninth Business Delegation

Calendar | Photos | Thirty-eighth Delegation | All delegations   Insurance, construction, real-estate development . . . these entrepreneurs get things done in Haiti while creating jobs amidst a sea of unemployment. Might they have any insights for U.S. policymakers whose approach has yet to bring change? Geneviève K. Gardère, CEO of Finex insurance, Petionville Jean-Didier Gardère, president of Profasa insurance, Petionville Pierre-Edouard Kanzki, CEO of New Holland Construction, Port-au-Prince Jean Lucien Ligondé, CEO of CHRAD, real-estate development, Petionville Aline Séjourné, director of programs, BuildChange, Port-au-Prince...

Rapport préliminaire sur les élections du 9 août 2015

La septième mission électorale a déployé 120 observateurs à Ouanaminthe, Ferrier, Capotille,Terrier Rouge, et d’autres endroits dans le Nord-Est Département, en plus de 40 observateurs dans quatre autres ministères. Toutes les 120 dans le Nord-Est ont présenté les formulairesremplis et étaient étroitement interrogé par le directeur de la mission, James Morrell. Plus de la moitié a également présenté les photos du proces-verbal. La conclusion la plus frappante était la popularité quasi universelle d’un candidat aux élections sénatoriales exclus, ancien sénateur Rudolph Boulos, qui a été décrit par tous comme le vainqueur s’il avait été autorisé à courir. Il a été rejeté par la commission électorale sous un prétexte reflétant l’intrigue politique haïtienne habituelle. En conséquence, la mission estime la course sénatoriale dans le Nord-Est est faux. Il devrait être annulé et relancé avec Boulos comme candidate. Cette conclusion est renforcée par le fait que les interlocuteurs décrivent Boulos comme un chef de file de changement, et que ce changement, selon nos entretiens, a été le principal facteur motivant les gens du Nord-Est de voter. L’intrigue politique qui a gâché la course sénatoriale Nord-Est éclipsé ce qui était contraire démérité par l’appareil et les électeurs électorale. La mécanique du jour de l’élection seront quantifiés et analysés plus loin dans le rapport final. En plus du Nord-Est, la mission déployée dans le Ouest, Nord, Centre, et la Grand’Anse. Ces rapports doivent encore être évalués. Le sénateur Boulos est un membre fondateur de l’une des deux organisations qui parrainent, l’Haïti Democracy Project. James Morrell, le directeur exécutif, a obtenu son doctorat dans l’histoire de l’Université Harvard en 1977. Malgré l’association Boulos avec...

Objecting to Petition for One Leaving out the Others

Le Nouvelliste James Morrell Why do they call for restitution of one unjustly excluded candidate and not the others? Typical of the Haitians that they would ruin a good initiative by personalizing it. Pourquoi appellent-ils pour la restitution d’un candidat injustement exclus et pas les autres? Typique des Haïtiens qu’ils ruinent une bonne initiative en la...