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2018 Presidential Elections: Candidates’ files still under scrutiny

Candidacy papers of the 28 aspirants to run in the October 7, 2018 presidential election are still under scrutiny, the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon has said.

While debunking information circulating in the various media networks that the Electoral Board has already retained 11 candidates and rejected 17, ELECAM says that the Electoral Board is continuing its in-camera work in all serenity in Yaounde.

Meantime, ELECAM sources have called for patience as in accordance with Section 126 of the Electoral Code, “Within no less than 60 days to the date of the poll, the Electoral Board shall draw up and publish the list of candidates. It shall forthwith notify the Constitutional Council of such list of candidates.”

According to Cameroon’s electoral calendar,  the Electoral Board of ELECAM has to publish the list of retained candidates for the poll latest August 8, 2018. The Electoral Board of ELECAM as stated in Section 125 (1) of the Electoral Code, “May accept or reject a candidacy.” In case of rejection, the board shall notify the person concerned of the reason to reject his or her candidacy.

A copy of the said decision shall be forwarded to the Constitutional Council. The Electoral Code in Section 125 (3) provides that,” the decision to reject a candidacy or to publish candidacies may be appealed against before the Constitutional Council”.

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