Cameroon: 2018 Presidential Election – Constitutional Council to Rule On 18 Petitions

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Five complainants deposited appeals before the October 10 midnight deadline.

The Constitutional Council has received a total of 18 complaints regarding the conduct of the October 7 presidential election. The complaints were filed by three candidates taking part in the race to the Unity Palace and two others whose candidatures were rejected by ELECAM.

Maurice Kamto of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement is requesting the cancellation of votes in seven regions. He is asking the Council to annul elections in the Far North, North West, South West, East, South, Adamawa and North regions.

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The law professor claims there were violations of some provisions of the Electoral Code and disregard for Akere Muna’s withdrawal from the race. SDF candidate, Joshua Osih filed for total cancellation of the election on grounds that provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Code were violated Another candidate, Cabral Libii of UNIVERS is complaining of irregularities in several polling stations across the national territory and demanding a total cancellation of the election.

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Meanwhile, Bertin Kisob of the Cameroon Party for Social Justice, who is currently gnashing his teeth in the Kondengui dungeon, filed 14 petitions. He is demanding among other things, the annulation of CPDM votes in all the ten regions of the country and the Diaspora. He wants the CPDM banned for 25 years. He also wants the Constitutional Council to declare self incom petent to examine petitions and declare results of presidential elections.

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The controversial politician, whose candidacy was rejected, is charging that ELECAM management team should be fired. Reverend Rigobert Aminou whose candi dature was equally thrown out by ELECAM wants the whole election to be cancelled and reorganized. ELECAM is expected to respond to the petitions before the Council begins deliberations next week

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