President Michel Martelly
Above right is presidential adviser Richard Morse, musician, hotel owner and member of Haiti Democracy Project delegations to Washington in 2009 and 2012

Ambassador Preeg

Amb. Ernest H. Preeg


President Martelly commends Haiti Project on its election coverage


Ambassador Preeg adds this context:

I met President-elect Martelly at the Haitian embassy in 2011. I introduced myself as chairman of the Haiti Democracy Project. He immediately knew who we were. I do not have his exact words, but the gist of what he said was that we had played a central role in exposing fraud in the first round, which led to a recount for the second round in 2011.

Remarks of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe: "You sent a team and basically helped the will of the people become a reality, because it wasn't so before your visit."

How the Haiti Democracy Project corrected the 2010-11 elections:

1. Photographic evidence of discrepancy between polling returns and posted results

2. Identification of the fraudulent votes in the database of the presidential vote

The OAS mission was doing no correction. The State Department was undecided. The Haiti Project's photographic documentation of the discrepancy eased the U.S. decision to send a Verification Mission to correct the count. The project was called to the State Department to present its evidence. U.S. ambassador Kenneth Merten: "We had information based on the polling returns that the results of the CEP did not correspond with the reality of the popular vote."