Cameroon: Final Vote Count - Commission Submits Report Today

President Paul Biya of Cameroon

Headed by Essombe Emile, the Commission will today tender the final report of votes publicly counted from the 58 Divisions of the country and Embassies abroad.

The National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes will today October 15 submit its report to the Constitutional Council. This is in accordance with the Electoral Code in its Section 69(4) which states that a copy with appended documents shall be forwarded within five days to the Constitutional Council. The said Commission that began work on October 9 and concluded on October 13 examined reports from Divisional Supervisory Commissions and Embassies abroad.

The exercise was public and took place at the seat of the Constitutional Council located at the Yaounde Conference Centre. Members of the Commission all signed against the document which will be transmit ted to the Constitutional Council today. Paragraph 4 of Section 69 of the aforementioned Code compels the National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes to draw up a report on all its operations.

The report, unanimously established by members, is signed by the Chairperson and the Commissioners present, with each signatory member given a copy. The 22-man strong Commission therefore cross-checked results from different polling stations, correcting the necessary clerical errors as provided for by the law.

"The National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes shall carry out the final counting of votes, on the basis of reports and appended documents submitted by Divisional Supervisory Commissions. It shall correct any clerical errors in the counting of votes. However, it shall not cancel the corresponding reports," stipulates Section 69 (1&2) of the Electoral Code.

On the last day of work, the Com mission scrutinised national reports from Mfoundi in the Centre Region, Wouri in the Littoral and Manyu in the South West Region. Out of the country, results from the United States of America, Ja pan, China and the United Kingdom were analysed.

The National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes is made up of a Chairperson appointed by the President of the Constitutional Council, two judicial officers, five representatives of the administration, five representatives of Elections Cameroon and a representative of each candidate or political party taking part in the elections.

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