By Danhatu Njodzeka
The Government of Cameroon has refuted claims made by the Opposition Candidates Professor Maurice kamto that he won the Sunday October 7 presidential election.
Talking to Reuters News Agency, the Cameroon Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Mr Kamto has violated the law (electoral code) by declaring himself winner as he said “it was illegal and meaningless”. To the minister, “the only body entitled to collect all tallies and publish results is the constitutional council” adding that the council has within 15 days to declare the results. “Kamto acted in violation of the rules and regulations governing the election.
“You cannot win election without an overwhelming majority of votes in the far North Regions of Cameroon. The CPDM has the region in its palms.” Tchiroma averred. The Minister and host of CPDM patriots granted a press conference hours after Kamto’s pronounced victory.
The Presidential Candidate of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, Professor Maurice Kamto, yesterday Monday in the party’s headquarter in Yaounde before media men and women declared “my mission was to take a penalty. I did it and I scored”. Kamto added that the incumbent Paul Biya should give a lee way for a democratic transition “I invite the outgoing president to organised a peaceful way to transfer power”. He said.
Kamto’s declaration of victory is based on the results from his representatives that went to the field but the deputy secretary general of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement CPDM Gregoire Owona who doubles as the Minister of labour and social security casted doubt on the figures obtained by Kamto “Kamto was not even represented at all the polling stations, so it was impossible for him to count all the votes” he doubted.
One of the Candidates Garga Haman of ADD party has described Maurice Kamto as “social Media President” considering that majority of social media actors are in favour of Kamto. One of the documents that circulated on social media says the president of Popular Action Party PAP has congratulated Maurice Kamto for winning the election, but the lone English daily newspaper The Guardian Post of Tuesday 09/10/18 in its front page writes “Ayah Paul disclaimed party’s congratulatory message to Kamto”
On Monday night, new banners suddenly appeared in major streets in Yaounde carrying this message “it is illegal to declare election results”
Kamto communications’ Secretary Olivier Nissack has defended the illegality as preached by the Minister saying “Maurice Kamto did not proclaim himself president, he claimed, it is not the same thing”
According to the Cameroon electoral code, the candidates have upon closure of the polls 48 hours to file their complaints to the constitutional council.
The October 7 presidential election in Cameroon was contested by 8 candidates: Paul Biya CPDM, Joshua Osih SDF, Maurice Kamto CRM, Cabral Libii UNIVERS, Serge Espoir Matomba PURS, Franklin Ndifor CNCM, Adamu Ndam Njoya CDU and Garga Haman Adji ADD.
One of the candidates whose name was retained by ELECAM is Akere Muna of PDF party, 2 days to the polls, he withdrew his candidacy and declared his support for Maurice Kamto in what many have termed as a coalition. Though his ballot papers could still be seen in almost all the polling centres. ELECAM in a document we could not confirm the authenticity justifies “it was too late for him to withdraw from the race”.