August 25, 2010
It's Final: Jean's Out of Haiti's Presidential Race
An attorney from the Haitian electoral commission's legal department told the BBC that the commission's rejection of Wyclef Jean's candidacy for president is final. According to the attorney, the country's election law states that commission decisions cannot be appealed. We posted on Jean's candidacy and the constitutional requirements here and here.
Jean earlier indicated that he would appeal the commission's ruling. But it was never clear that a rejected candidate could appeal a commission ruling. And because the commission didn't publish reasons for its decision, any appeal would have been difficult, to say the least. (Jean submitted papers showing that he met the constitutional five-year residency requirement, but it's not clear that the commission rejected him on this basis.)
The commission also rejected 14 other candidates, including the Haitian ambassador to the U.S. It certified 19 candidates.
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