The Northwest Regional Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, Hon Evaristus Njong Ndim, has told ELECAM not allow Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, and Ministers and Directors who hail from the Northwest, to vote in Bamenda.
Hon Njong revealed that PM Yang, Ministers and Directors who hail from the Northwest Region have forwarded their names to ELECAM, requesting to be allowed to vote at Upstation, Bamenda I Subdivision. Hon Njong argues that Yang and his cohorts are not in the Region for an official assignment, but for Presidential campaign.
“If he is bold enough, let him go and vote in Oku, his village of origin. With all the soldiers he has, he is still afraid of insecurity, what of the common man?” Njong argued.
According to Njong, if ELECAM allows PM Yang and co to violate the Electoral Law, the Cameroonian people will hold ELECAM responsible. For any transparent election to take place next Sunday Oct 7, Njong, in a press statement he signed after the Friday, October 29 Regional SDF meeting, called on President Biya to call off the war he declared against the Anglophone Regions. Considering the prevailing situation marked by extra judicial killings, kidnappings, looting, a dusk-to-dawn curfew and the internal and external displacement of people from these two Regions that has created a generalised state of insecurity, Njong said it has become impossible to hold a free, fair and transparent election in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.
“Furthermore, the fact that candidate Biya’s campaign posters are being put up during curfew hours, is clear evidence that the pre-election playing field is not level. To compound matters, the grouping of polling stations into polling centres, in defiance of the Electoral Law, invariably disenfranchises the vast majority of voters in the Northwest and Southwest Regions in the sense that distances to these polling centres are too long and cannot be covered by voters on election day, and the movement of vehicles is prohibited on election day. The increased distances to be covered by voters further jeopardises the individual security of voters,” Njong’s communiqué stated.
The SDF Regional Chairman recalled, expressing anger, at the declaration of the ELECAM Board Chairman on September 27, at the Bamenda I Council hall during an assessment meeting, that: “Registration of voters was ongoing throws the whole electoral process into dispute. The intention is to favour one political party. The release argues that the non-publication of the provisional electoral list for political parties and voters for voters to consult, is in total violation of Electoral Code. This is clear evidence that Biya’s wants to rig election as usual. In the light of the foregoing, it is obvious that we cannot have a free, fair and transparent election. So, Biya should call off the election or take necessary measures to ensure that election takes place under normal conditions.”