October 15, 2011
More Than 10 Opposition Candidates Request Cameroon Presidential Election Nullified
Reports from Cameroon on a breaking news says that about ten opposition candidates including leading SDF opposition party candidate Ni John Fru Ndi have filled complains with the Supreme court requesting that the Sunday polls be nullified on grounds of alleged irregularities.
The Cameroon Supreme court had by Thursday received a total of about 19 complains from about 10 out of all the 23 candidates that took part in the October 9 presidential polls.
Among the issues which the opposition candidates are calling alleged to as why the elections should be nullified some in part and some as a whole are widespread frauds, which the SDF had already mentioned just after the elections ended saying that they were widespread nation wide frauds.
Some other issues are that of irregularities ranging from late opening of voting stations, multiple votes by some, and the fact that the supposedly indelible anti-fraud ink was in many cases easily wiped out, paving the way for some voters to cast several votes.
As one of the opposition candidates Jean Jacques Ekindi requiring the nullification of the elections puts it, "Sunday's poll was marred by massive fraud, numerous irregularities, conscience buying, and the very low turnout, among the many lapses,"
The opposition also claims that the 78 year old incumbent Paul Biya, who has ruled now for 29 years has been rigging his way to a sixth term mandate . A mandate which was made possible because he Paul Biya revised the constitution in 2008 removing term limitations.
The Supreme court which is also in charge of the declaration of the final results of the elections now has until the 23 of October to address the opposition requests before announcing the elections, which normally is due two weeks after the elections day.