10 October 2018

Cameroon: Race to Unity Palace - UPC Condemns Self-Proclaïmed Victory

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Voting in Cameroon

This was during a press briefing granted by the Secretary General of the Union of the Populations of Cameroon, Hon. Bapooh Lipot Robert, Wednesday October 9.

The Union of the Populations of Cameroon (UPC) has rebuked presidential hopeful, Maurice Kamto for declaring self as winner of the October 7 poll; a move they say violates the country's Electoral Code. UPC made known her stand in a press briefing granted by the Secretary General, Hon. Bapooh Lipot Robert, in Yaounde, October 9, 2018.

While referring to Cameroon as a democratic State, the Member of Parliament stated that presidential candidates are expected to remain calm till the proclamation of results by the Constitutional Council as provided for in the law; within fifteen days following the close of the poll. As a lawmaker, he said it is not normal that a candidate, who intends to rule the country, disrespect certain provisions of the law governing the presidential election.

"We have noticed that some candidates after the presidential election have declared themselves elected. The UPC is against this way of behaving because we are in a State of law and expect the laws to be respected by every citizen," he said. Hon. Bapooh Lipot Robert called on Cameroonians to remain mature, and disregard the auto victory announcement by the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) candidate. "I call on Cameroonians to be composed and have confidence in institutional reforms by waiting on the Constitutional Council to make public the results. Turn your backs on unrepublican values and actions;" he stated.

The Member of the National Assembly congratulated Elections Cameroon and citizens for the smooth organisation and participation in the election. "Cameroonians voted in very good conditions of transparency and justice. All those who went to the polls did so in a convivial manner, expressing their attachment to democracy and good governance. The international community who observed the election have described it as free and fair," Hon. Bapooh Lipot Robert noted.

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