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Prof Kale, Minister Atanga Nji in war of words over elections’ conduct

Atanga Nji accorded warm welcome in SW

Professor Ndiva Kofele Kale, SDF Senatorial list leader for the South West Region and the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, have been plunged into a war of words over the conducts of the March 25 Senatorial elections.

Commenting on the conduct of the March 25 Senatorial elections in Buea on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, during his maiden visit to the South West Region after his appointment as MINAT boss on March 2, 2018, Minister Atanga Nji said “the elections took place in perfect tranquillity.”

Going by him, all the Councillors voted without any major incident. He lauded the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, the Senior Divisional Officers of the Region and top security operatives for ensuring the security of the electorates, members the elections’ management body and other stakeholders who were actively involved in the elections.

On his part,  Prof. Ndiva Kofele Kale, SDF Senatorial list leader for the South West Region, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in a press briefing in Buea, rubbished Minister Atanga Nji’s utterances on the conduct of the March 25 Senatorial polls.

The renowned academia enthused: “I believe the Minister’s assertion warrants a response from the man who headed the SDF list in the Southwest Region, where contrary to the Minister’s declarations, the elections failed to meet the minimum internationally accepted standards for free, fair and transparent elections…Minister Atanga Nji cannot say the elections went on in a peaceful atmosphere when in Menji and Bangem there was continuous gunfire throughout that day… in such circumstances, there is no way elections could have taken places ‘peacefully, freely and fairly’ in the words of the Minister,” Kale said

The Law Professor maintained that credible reports coming from the aforementioned areas indicate that the security situation was such that virtually nobody dared to step out of their homes, as the streets were completely deserted.

Kale maintained that if the Constitutional Council validates the results of the Southwest Senatorial elections, then it must also declare that the approximately 200 CPDM Councillors who did not vote violated the law and must be disenfranchised as enshrined in Section 227(2) of the Electoral Code.

He said it was due to such irregularities that they have filed a motion at the Constitutional Council, urging the Council to cancel the March 25 Senatorial polls in the South West Region.

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