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Opposition candidates, voters want Oct. 7 presidential election annulled

Some Opposition candidates and voters in Cameroon’s just ended presidential election have petitioned the country’s elections management body asking for the annulment of the Oct. 7 presidential election.

Among the petition files are that of files of Cabral Libii of the UNIVERS party, Maurice Kamto of CRM, Joshua Osih of the SDF. kamto who claimed he was the winner barely 24 hours after elections, is asking for a partial cancellation of election results.

According to Kamto, military rigged polls in the restive northwest and southwest English-speaking regions, where they were sent to secure polling stations.

For their part, Cabral Libii of UNIVERS and Joshua Osih of the opposition Social Democratic Front are asking total annulment. They allege massive fraud and ballot stuffing in favor of President Paul Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) party.

Elecam says thirteen of the petitions to annul the election were from another would-be presidential candidate, Bertin Kisob, who is on pre-trial detention for supporting Anglophone separatists.

It should be recalled that the electoral commission has until the end of the week to respond to the petitions. The constitutional court has to rule on the claims before announcing the vote’s final outcome on Oct. 22.

Published on 05.05.2023

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