Jean Brands Haiti Election A ‘fraud’

click image to enlarge
November 29, 2010 | 7:40am EST

Wyclef Jean has waded into the debate over Sunday’s election in Haiti – branding the polling day a “fraud” and joining calls for votes to be re-cast.
The former Fugees star applied to run for the position of president, but was forced to withdraw his candidacy after he was found to be ineligible for office. His subsequent appeal was turned down.

Jean flew to Haiti to cast his vote in the poll, but he was left fuming when he was turned away because officials couldn’t find his name on the voting registration list.

In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, he writes, “This election is not going in the right direction, voting at (a) school on Delmas 3 just stopped due to violence. Election fraud has begun!… They cannot find my name on the list and even though I have an observer card signed by the CEP (Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council) they did not allow me to vote.”

Jean was eventually allowed to cast his ballot, but the election was marred by allegations of vote-fixing, and several Haitian candidates held a press conference to denounce the election as a “massive fraud” and call for public demonstrations to back a re-vote.

And the musician appeared to support calls to re-run the election.

He adds, “This is not democracy this is dictatorship under the facade of democracy! But the Haitian people will not be intimidated we want to vote!!… I stand for fair elections, I will stand with my country!… Love my country I love my people. I’m supporting their choice. Everybody has the right to choose freely his government.”

  Share/Bookmark