MELKY: When it came back that he was ineligible to run, according to the [election council], I felt disappointed. I think it was a push [by Haitian officials] to keep him out of the election. In some polls that were held in the country, he had 80 percent of the votes. I think he would’ve won.
SAM: Initially he wanted to explore, constitutionally, why he wasn’t allowed to run. I was disappointed, because one of the things that people missed from the CEP—which is the electoral council—is that when they sort of deny your candidacy, they don’t really give you a reason why. Everyone speculated, “Oh, it’s because he’s not a resident,” but there are other candidates whose residency requirements were not as robust as Clef’s.
MELKY: The revolution that begins in Haiti—and you’re talking to someone who’s always on the ground in Haiti—is a revolution of the mind. And I think that because Wyclef can talk to the youth so that they can listen, he can begin the revolution of the mind.