YAOUNDE-- Cameroon's Constitutional Council has overruled 17 out of 18 post-electoral petitions demanding annulment of Oct. 7 presidential poll, and has one last petition to judge before proclaiming the final results of the election.
The 17th dismissed petition was filed by opposition candidate Maurice Kamto from Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM).
Through his lawyers, Kamto argued that the poll should be canceled in seven out of 10 regions of the country, because his team observed "massive irregularities", "disregard of electoral laws", and "insecurity and fraud in troubled Anglophone regions" during the vote.
"The Constitutional Council unanimously agrees that the petition of Maurice Kamto is admissible in form. After examining the nine complaints of Maurice Kamto, the Council declares that the petition lacks evidence, is unfounded and therefore rejected," Clement Atangana, president of the Constitutional Council, said Thursday after hearing the petition for two days.
Still on Thursday, the Council began hearing the last petition from Joshua Osih of the leading opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) demanding the complete cancellation of the election.
Judgment on this petition will pave the way for the declaration of the final election results, said barrister Jean Nkemgu who is taking part in the hearings.
"The Council is likely to begin announcing the results after the hearings. However it has until Monday Oct. 22 to announce the results according to the Electoral Code," Nkemgu said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK