BY Njodzeka Danhatu
The US State Department has urged all Cameroonians to exercise patience while encouraging Elections Cameroon, ELECAM, and the Constitutional Council to release the results of the October 7 presidential elections.
Talking through the spokesperson, the state department clearly stated its position on the just ended presidential election, saying “the united states reiterates its neutrality with respect to Cameroonians’ right to choose their leader and calls for calm and the careful, non-partisan conclusion of the remaining phases of the vote tabulation process. We appeal to all Cameroonians to exercise patience and avoid hate speech.”
The call from the State Department’s Spokesperson, Heather Nauert was made in a press statement on October 11.
The Department equally cautioned that any disputes concerning the presidential election should be handled through the appropriate means. “Any disputes should be resolved peacefully and through established legal channels. The United states remains a committed partner on electoral, political, economic and human rights reforms in Cameroon.”
“We encourage Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) and the constitutional council to release results, polling site by polling site to enhance transparency and citizens’ confidence in the outcome” Heather Nauert added.
The outing of the State Department is coming few days after the candidate of the CRM Party, Professor Maurice Kamto, proclaimed himself winner of the October 7 poll.
After his proclamation, tension has been mounting among Cameroonians and CPDM party leaders who said Kamto wanted to orchestrate violence though the CRM party had denied such allegations.
The Constitutional Council has within 15 days upon Election Day to declare the winner. The candidate of the UNIVERS party Cabral Libii has said in a press conference in Douala Wednesday October 10, that his party will not allow its victory to be stolen. He also called for the cancelation of the results citing cases of irregularities saying his supporters abroad and in some areas at home were not allowed to vote.
Yet the Cameroon Renaissance Movement still maintain that its leader Maurice Kamto scored the penalty during the October 7 poll. In an outing on Thursday October 11 in Douala, Barrister Yondo Black said there is no doubt that Professor Kamto won the elections. Reacting in same direction, Albert Dzongang a member of the party and host of the conference cautioned the constitutional Council to respect the choice of Cameroonians and that Cameroonians will decide on what to do if the outcome does not respect their will.
The United States of America and Cameroon some months back had a diplomatic row after Ambassador Henry Peter Balerin said President Paul Biya should think of his legacy like Nelson Mandela of South Africa. The call that was misinterpreted by Government Ministers and CPDM barons on basis that he asked Biya to resign.
Political pundits in Cameroon have expressed concern and fears that an atmosphere of uncertainty may ensue after the pronouncement of the results, given the declarations that are been made by the various candidates.