Wyclef Jean cannot appeal Haiti electoral council ruling, says council lawyer
A council lawyer told Reuters that Wyclef Jean cannot appeal a ruling made by Haiti’s electoral council that barred the singer-songwriter from running for president of his homeland. On Friday, the council decided Jean could not be included on the ballot for the Nov. 28 election, due to residency requirements that had not been met. (Jean had not proven he had residency in Haiti for five consecutive years before deciding to run.) Sunday, Jean claimed he planned to appeal the decision. A legal department official in the council, however, told Reuters that Haiti’s electoral law says council decisions are final, 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…So it’s over,” Samuel Pierre told Reuters.