November 28th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Election fraud alleged by top presidential candidate in Haiti

The front-runner in Haiti's presidential race denounced Sunday's national elections, calling for a complete annulment of the vote due to irregularities and ballot-box stuffing.

"I am asking my country's citizens, I am asking the Conseil Electoral Provisor, the government, and I'm telling the international community that as the leading candidate I'm asking for the formal cancellation of the elections," Mirlande Manigat told CNN.

At the same time, at least five other presidential candidates were gathering at a hotel in Port-au-Prince for what the campaign of contender Michel Martally billed as a press conference "to denounce today's massive fraud all over the country."

"We have since this morning [witnessed] other elements which convince us that an operation is in play now in Haiti in order to jeopardize the election itself," Manigat said.

Her campaign manager, Wimine St. Pierre, told CNN that Manigat "is asking to void the election across the entire territory of the country because of irregularities and the ballot boxes were already stuffed with votes for Jude Celestin," the hand-picked candidate of outgoing President Rene Preval.

Polls opened early Sunday in Haiti as voters struggling to overcome January's massive earthquake and a spreading cholera epidemic cast their ballots for president and other lawmakers on the fragile island nation.

Haitians lined up at polling centers inside temporary shelters that are being used as classrooms 10 months after January's 7.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed many of the city's schools.

Voters have three ballots to fill out: a green one for president and blue and brown ballots to elect lawmakers to the Senate and parliament.

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  1. Cesar

    Has anyone seen Dr Bad?

    November 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lunda

    I think Haiti needs more than talking right now it demands action,united and love not criticize this poor country it's not the only one struggle with corruption now let's pray God to save this country.

    November 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andress

    When is the international press going to cover what is happening in Haiti today? It seems that you are all so eager to capture the negative images in Haiti – the victims of the earthquake, the misery in the tent cities, the desperation and agony of cholera–but today the Haitian people are standing up against a corrupt government, backed by a corrupt international community to say, "Enough is enough." This is the fifth time in over 20 years that Haitians have been encouraged by the international community to hold "democratic elections." (We dealt the same cowardly hand to the Iraqis and Afghans). When will this charade end?

    November 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Believe me the American press has done a lot more reporting on Haitian election fraud than they have on recent American election fraud. 18 members of ACORN have either been sentenced or indicted on election fraud charges. Unfortunately you will not read about it in the main stream media. They feel the ends justify the means and will never expose the left. Sarah Palin misspeaks and it front page material. Pelosi, Frank or Reid misspeaks and it is swept under the carpet. All parties need to be held accountable. The free press was deigned to hold politicians and government accountable. It has failed miserably

      November 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. haiti pap kraze

    who can heal haiti please come heal it now

    November 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Give to those who's indeed and "u" will get "ur" blessing haiti indeeds of help PLEASE don't take it alway. GOD have a plan for haiti help the haitians people heal remember GOD have the POWER

    November 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Homer Simpson

    Herc, may i suggest Rosetta Stone. Thats some command of the english language Herc, helps if we could actually understand you!

    November 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vive la Haiti

      Homer appropriate a name for someone of your intellectual prowess. Having actually spent a lot of time in Haiti in the camps I will bet dollars to your doughnuts that Hercule is Haitian. His grammar and syntax is indicative of a Haitian speaking English. Maybe you'd know that if you got your butt of your couch and actually spent some time in some of these places contributing instead of on your couch critiquing people's typing skills, D*Bag. Was that the best you have to offer? My guess would be yes.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nexus

    Oh! Is it; "hanging chads" again?

    Or vote at gunpoint?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andress

    @ Dan. Thank you for your comment. I don't disagree. The press has definitely failed to do it's part on many levels. Luckily, technology has helped to provide a voice on the issues that the media has selfishly chosen to remain silent around.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jistis

    Mid-day Sunday 16 of the 18 presidential candidates called for an annulment of today’s elections. They stated that their poll watchers witnessed local poll workers, put in place by the partisan Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), stuffing more than 90% of the official ballots boxes overnight in favor of President Preval’s chosen successor, Jude Celestin. They cited numerous cases of voter intimidation and violence throughout the country. The candidates will meet tomorrow to discuss their political options. For more see:

    November 29, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. corruptionisadeadlysin

    now, I know why, Haiti is punished.

    November 29, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. DaveinNY

    Carl Rove must have been down to Haiti. Probably flew down to Dominican republic with drugg-addled gasbag Rush Limbaugh on his semi-annual trips with a suitcase full of viagra. Then while fatso was doing things that his ex-wives sign gag orders over, Rove slipped over the border and helped rig the election

    November 29, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. go team

    Why is it so hard for the international community to help the haitians.are they blaiming them for the earthquakes and cholera breakout?

    November 29, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nsane

    Wow there are some heated comments in this section...lets all take a chill pill and spend some time at at place that will make you forget about Haiti for a minute... Nsane Photography it is free and there are no corrupt elections going on there. Check it out at and you will feel better once you did, it is free and all are welcome...

    December 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hysteric

    Haitian and Dominican are different races,and cultures for one! Haitian people are'nt subdued either! If the goverment continues to be corrupt;the people will put an end to it!

    December 14, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |