Cameroon’s ruling party has responded immediately to Professor Maurice Kamto’s victory declaration, taking aim at the opposition leader for violating the law which gives the constitutional council the sole right to declare election results.
In a hastily organized press conference held in Yaoundé Hilton hotel today October 8th 2018 barely hours after the Kamto’s bombshell declaration which has rattled authorities in the nation’s capital and raise fresh concerns about post-election violence in the country.
CPDM Party scribe Jean Nkuete in the 8:00PM conference calls for calm, advice Cameroonians to deceased from such provocations by opposition party leader Maurice kamto which he did not mention by name and urged all to stay calm and peacefully as the country anxiously awaits the results of the October 7th polls
He frowns at what he calls destabilising moves by some opposition candidates and says their declaration have no foundation before adding that “They are doing this to cause an uprising to the population…..and create violence in our country”
Earlier in the day the leader of the country’s opposition party MRC, renowned legal heavyweight and former justice minister had declared he is the winner of the October 7th presidential polls in news which quickly went wild and cause panic amongst regime barons
Professor Maurice kamto of the MRC who went into a midnight alliance with fellow legal heavyweight barrister Akere Muna before the polls announced his victory earlier today October 8th in his party’s headquarters in Yaoundé.
His announcement which comes barely 24 hours after polls were closed is illegal according to the laws governing elections in the country
The president of the constitutional council is the sole person responsible to declare the winner of the country’s Presidential elections within 15 days after elections.
US government gives thump-up for “peaceful” election on October 7 2018 in Cameroon.
The US state department spokesperson Heather Nauert has praised what she calls “peaceful” elections in Cameroon, one day after President Biya secured another 7 years mandate with 71.28% despite have ruled the country for the past 36 years.
In a statement released on the state department website, the diplomat said “The United States congratulates the people of Cameroon for largely peaceful elections on October 7. We urge all parties – including the government – to respect the rule of law, resolve peacefully any disputes through established legal channels, and avoid hate speech.”
Opposition candidate Maurice kamto has refused to accept the results, issuing an alternative results which he says puts him ahead of Biya as he vowed to fight back.
The state department also urge both parties to resolve the ongoing Anglophone crisis peacefully and allow access to humanitarian aids.
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The United States congratulates the people of Cameroon for largely peaceful elections on October 7. We urge all parties – including the government – to respect the rule of law, resolve peacefully any disputes through established legal channels, and avoid hate speech.
While we welcome the Cameroonian Election Commission’s demonstrable improvement over the 2011 elections, there were a number of irregularities prior to, during, and after the October 7 election. These irregularities may not have affected the outcome but created an impression that the election was not credible or genuinely free and fair. We commend the African Union Election Observation Mission for its preliminary statement, notably that “the current framework needs to be strengthened in order to safeguard the democratic principles of separation of powers, fairness, and independence and impartiality.”
With the conclusion of the presidential election, the United States strongly encourages both sides involved in the conflict affecting the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon to focus on resolving differences through peaceful dialogue and to allow unhindered access to humanitarian aid workers.
Biya seizes another 7 years mandate to the shagging of many, but where is the Cameroonian pharaoh?
The Constitutional Council in Cameroon has declared Paul Biya, the winner of the October 7 presidential election.
In Monday’s proclamation, the court’s president Clement Atangana declared the incumbent winner with a resounding lead of 71% of votes cast, while his closest challenger, Maurice Kamto garnered 14% of the votes cast.
voters: 6 667 754
Voters: 3 590 681
Per of Participation: 53,85 br Blank Vote : 52 716
Cast ballot : 3 537 965
1- Biya : 71,28
2- Kamto : 14,23%
3- Libii l: 6,28%
4- Osih : 3,35%
5- NdamNjoya : 1,73%
6- Garga : 1,55%
7- Ndifor : 0,67%
8- Matomba : 0,56%
9- Muna : 0,35%
He added that the election was free, fair and credible despite a few security challenges in the English speaking regions.
But after the proclamation of the results, thousands of Cameroonians have taken to social media to condemned the reelection of the 85 years old who only got over 2million votes in a country of about 25 million people
“God why” a social media user wrote as many now say the country is in for another 7 years of hardship and economic bondage with a possibility of a worsening Anglophone crisis which Biya has failed to tackle peacefully.
Where is the President
But as the results were declared, many were asking whereabouts of the president as even the state broadcaster CRTV could not see the commander in chief for a short interview after his victory.
The newly elected president who has ruled Cameroon for 36 years did not attend the result proclamation ceremony which was also boycotted by many opposition party leaders including Maurice kamto and some are saying the ageing President did not want to stress while attending the hours long event and is probably resting at the unity palace
He was however in attendance when the results of the senate wad being proclaimed months back even though it was a relatively shorter event
Constitutional council bust Kamto’s bubble after two days of historic hearing
After two days of breathtaking trial at the country’s newly created Clement Atangana led constitutional council; the court has ruled against candidate Maurice kamto and consequently kills his hopes for the calling for the partial cancellation of results in 7 out of the ten regions of the country.
The court rejected all 9 petitions submitted by the MRC leader despite mounting evidences presented during a hearing which was broadcast on all national televisions live for two days with over 10 million Cameroonians watching daily in a historic hearing
According to the President of the Constitutional Council, all nine petitions were unfounded even as the people’s court couldn’t disagree more as the decision sparked outrage on social media.
The President of the council called on kamto and his 14 man legal team to take administrative matters brought in during their case to administrative courts as the population watches in shock how all petitions filed to the council are being kick-out .
However, the outcome is not surprising to many Cameroonians who had earlier pointed out that the Constitutional Council will rule in the favor of the ruling party and its leader appointed the members.
Candidate Maurice Kamto who had given sleepless nights to regime barons after declaring himself winner barely 24 hours after close of polls on October 7th 2018.
He had rallied a team of some of the best legal minds the continent can boost of as they swamp the Yaoundé court to prove to the world their election will be stolen
But despite more than twenty hours legal punches thrown at one another as different parties battle it out with the coming into the spotlight of some bright faces that instantly became internet sensation due to their legal prowess, the decision of the courts has left many asking what next.
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