Opposition movements in Cameroon led by the Social Democratic Front (SDF) have reaffirmed their rejection of setting up polling stations in the barracks for the October 7 presidential election.President Paul Biya in power since 1982 has announced his bid to run for another term.
In a request addressed to the general management of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) on Tuesday, the opposition demanded that polling stations must be located in public places or areas open to the public, citing Article 96 of the Electoral Code.
Taking the example of Yaoundé, the capital, the opposition noted that on the basis of polling stations published by ELECAM “there will be polling stations at the central police station N°1, in the headquarters of the fire brigade, the air force, the gendarmerie, the national navy, the army, and especially at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic.”
It described those polling stations as illegal because “without a polling booth, one cannot speak of a free vote”.
The opposition contended that soldiers casting their votes “in the presence of their leaders will not be able to go against the instructions of their superiors anxious to return favour to the one who appointed them”.