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2018 Presidential elections: 12 petitions received at Constitutional Council

The parliament met in Congress to swwear in members of the Constitutional Council

The Constitutional Council has received at least twelve petitions from candidates whose files were rejectted by Elecam to run for the Presidential election billed for October 7.

The appeals registered on Thursday after the 48 hours deadline passed according to the electoral code were mostly focused on reinstating the candidacies of some aggrieved candidates.

Olivier Bilé of the UPF, whose file was thrown out for not possessing the required financial caution, said he had put it in orders and is now awaiting permission to pay at the treasury if given the authorisation.

If some candidates have decided to appeal, others have simply taken the oprion to sit back or join forces with other political parties.

It is the case with Roger Chantal Tuile, the journalist cum politician who says he would throw his weight behind a candidate whose identity he is expected to reveal this weekend.

On his part, Jean Blaise Gwet of the MPCC party has declared he would throw his weight behind the candidate of the ruling CPDM Paul Biya after his own file was rejectted.

The Constitutional Council gets to work today on the petitions and have a maximum of ten days to deliver their verdict.


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