10 October 2018

Cameroon: Post-Election Disputes - Reception of Petitions Ends Toda

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None of the eight contestants at Sunday's poll has thus far requested for the partial or complete cancellation of the election exercise.

No petition has been received so far at the Constitutional Council from any of the eight presidential candidates seeking to head the country, Cameroon Tribune learned by the time of going to press. The deadline for the submission of complaints relating to the conduct of the election exercise is midnight today, according to the Electoral Code which stipulates that such petitions should be made no more than 72 hours following the close of the poll.

Nevertheless, the Constitutional Council has at least received 14 separate petitions from a single person, Bertin Kisob, National President of the Cameroon Party for Social Justice (CPSJ). All the petitions can be grouped into two. In the first case, the National President of CPSJ is praying the Constitutional Council to cancel all results obtained in the country and abroad by Paul Biya, presidential candidate of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM).

He lays his claims on "systematic electoral fraud and anti-democratic practices," amongst others. Kisob, who is under detention at the Yaounde central prison in Kondengui and presents self as an ally to Maurice Kamto, also wants the Constitutional Council to declare itself incompetent to supervise and proclaim the results of the October 7 presidential election.

The petitioner also raised other issues in his hand written complaints. Though Kisob's petitions were received by the Constitutional Council, the electoral law stipulates that petitions can only be filed by any candidate, any political party which took part in the election or any person serving as a representative of the administration for the election.

Section 132 of the Electoral Code warrants that all petitions reach the Constitutional Council no more than 72 hours following the close of the polls. After the deadline, the Constitutional Council shall have the responsibility to rule on requests, if any, for the total or partial cancellation of election operation. The decisions of the Constitutional Council shall be final.

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