WYCLEF…GO HOMETO YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE!! TO NEW YORK!! IT IS FINAL!!! Wyclef You Can’t Appeal Haiti Poll Exclusion-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Joseph Guyler



A ruling by Haiti’s electoral council that disqualified hip-hop star Wyclef Jean from running for the presidency is final and cannot be appealed, a council lawyer said on Tuesday.

The Haitian-born and U.S.-based singer-songwriter said on Sunday he would appeal against the provisional electoral council’s decision on Friday which rejected his candidacy for the November 28 election in the poorest state in the Americas.

Council officials said Jean, who left his homeland with his family at the age of 9 to live in the United States, did not meet residency requirements.

The 40-year-old musical celebrity has an enthusiastic youth following in Haiti and the dispute over his candidacy has raised some fears of tensions that could disrupt the country’s rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in January.

But apart from some small pro-Jean protests, the capital Port-au-Prince has remained largely calm and quiet.

Jean initially accepted the ruling and asked supporters to do the same. He has since launched a barrage of accusations via Twitter, Facebook and statements to U.S. media against the council, calling it corrupt and politically motivated.

Samuel Pierre of the council’s legal department told Reuters that, under article 191 of Haiti’s electoral law, rulings by the election authority’s disputes tribunal are definitive and cannot be appealed.

“Therefore there is absolutely no possibility for Wyclef Jean to be added to the list of candidates approved to run in the next presidential elections,” Pierre said. “So it’s over.”

Jean was one of 15 candidates disqualified from running to succeed President Rene Preval, who cannot stand again after serving two terms. A total of 19 candidates — including two former prime ministers, a former minister and a former first lady — were approved to run in the presidential election.

Electoral officials said Jean failed to meet a requirement that presidential candidates maintain five consecutive years of residency in Haiti prior to running.

The singer insists he presented documents to electoral authorities that demonstrate his five years of residency.

“I have spent half my life in Haiti going back and forth,” he told MSNBC in an interview on Tuesday.

“The electoral council is very corrupted,” he added, saying potential political rivals feared his presidential bid.


Jean has said some of the approved candidates failed to meet the residency requirement but were accepted nevertheless.

Pierre said the electoral council was aware some rejected candidates believed they could appeal against the rulings.

“This is a waste of time because, when it comes to electoral matters, the electoral council is the Supreme Court, meaning there is nowhere else to go,” he said.

Pierre said the council had not received any formal appeal from Jean or his lawyers, although they may have gone to another legal body.

Jean says his celebrity status would make him an ideal “global president” who could attract aid and investment to Haiti after the earthquake, which killed up to 300,000 people and crippled the underdeveloped Caribbean state’s economy.

United Nations and Haitian police have stepped up joint patrols in the rubble-strewn streets of the capital, where more than 1.5 million people are still living in fragile tent and tarpaulin cities at the peak of the 2010 hurricane season.

The U.N. mission in Haiti has appealed to candidates and political parties to respect the country’s electoral laws and promote peaceful campaigning by supporters.

Despite his popularity among Haiti’s youth, Jean has faced questions about whether a celebrity with no political experience is the best person to lead a chronically poor and corrupt nation that is coming out of a huge natural disaster.

(Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York; Writing by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by John O’Callaghan)

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This entire situation has gone beyond ridiculous!

It has gone beyond one person’s ego….

Wyclef is now making himself a complete and total idiot, and by doing so, he is making Haiti look foolish. He is taking attention away from an important matter like 500,000 dead, the same number injured, millions homeless, 250,000 homes destroyed, 50,000 amputees, no schools, starving people, and NO WORK.

No one’s ego is worth more than this.

And then he says that he meets the five year residency requirement because he has flown back and forth, claiming he has spent half of his 40 years here. This is simply a stupid lie. Wyclef’s time in Haiti, over the 31 years since he left Haiti doesn’t even amount to one single year.

Wyclef, it is over, as the CEP says.

It is also over for you.

You have made Yele Haiti, your charity, look like your private bank account.

You have ruined a valuable asset for Haiti – YOURSELF!!!

No one can ever take you seriously again, certainly not foreign investors or anyone of a serious businesslike nature..


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2 thoughts on “WYCLEF…GO HOMETO YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE!! TO NEW YORK!! IT IS FINAL!!! Wyclef You Can’t Appeal Haiti Poll Exclusion-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

  1. THE Haitian Diaspora must stay away of Haiti with their belongins and their money and never pay attention to any situation in haiti anymore until the government of haiti recognize the right to participate effectively in politics of this country.

    They want our financial support all the time, but, they refuse our participation to change the face of the situation. They affraid of our competency to stand up against their system of corruption.

    Do not welcome them home in USA, CANADA nad anywhere.Let them perish for real. They are all criminals.



    World Briefing | The Americas
    Haiti: Wyclef Jean Said to Agree to Presidential Run
    Published: August 4, 2010

    The hip-hop performer Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of Haiti, the former leader of the country’s Chamber of Deputies said Tuesday. The former deputy, Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques, said that Mr. Jean had agreed to run as part of Mr. Jean-Jacques’s coalition in the election, scheduled for Nov. 28. A spokeswoman for Mr. Jean, Cindy Tanenbaum, declined to comment, saying only that he planned to make an announcement on Thursday night in Haiti. Time magazine reported on its Web site late Tuesday night that Mr. Jean had confirmed that he would run for president.

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