SDF fears twin elections would be marred by massive fraud

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Cameroon’s leading opposition party the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has expressed fears and indignation that the upcoming municipal and council elections in Cameroon would be flawed by massive fraud due to Elecam’s variation of the electoral code.

Ni John Fru Ndi, SDF national chairman expressed the party’s position at a press briefing in Bamenda on Monday July 29, 2013, with regards to decision number 0703 of 22nd July signed by Mohaman Sani Tanimou, Director General of Elecam, “to lay down the organization of polling stations, on the occasion of the election of members of parliament and municipal councilors”

“Things have come to a head as on 22 July 2013 this very Director General signed a decision in which he provides that ‘any voter not in possession of a voter’s card but whose names appears on the list of the polling station shall be authorized to vote’ in this circumstances I see the upcoming elections being marred by massive fraud” John Fru Ndi said in his statement.

“The Director General by this act is preparing the ground for ghost, ambulant and multiple voters” he continued.

 

The Director General by this act is preparing the ground SDF Ni john

for ghost, ambulant and multiple voters”

 

 

 

“The SDF has struggled this far to bring the inception of the biometric registration. We are therefore not going to allow any person who is not in possession of the voter’s card together with the National Identity Card to vote during the upcoming twin elections” he warned.

Mr. Fru Ndi called on Cameroonians and elections stake holders to join and stop this attempt by the Director General to destroy the electoral process for which blood was shed for. He also appealed to the head of state to take not of what he described as an “impending electoral disaster”

He also attacked the organization of Elecam, citing organizational and functional hazards between the powers of the President and the Director General.

“You don’t know who actually runs Elecam” he queried

“At one stretch one is given to understand that the chief elections officer of Cameroon is the president of the board…This however is not the case as the Director General from time to time poses as the chief officer of Elections Cameroon” Fru Ndi wondered aloud.

The SDF chairman also wondered why Cameroon refuses to adopt the cheaper and more practicable single ballot paper as was the case in last weekend presidential poll in Mali with 27 candidates, but opts for the multiple ballot papers which are more expensive for a country he said called itself highly indebted poor country.

Ni John Fru Ndi was flanked at the press conference by the Vice President of the Assembly, Hon. Mbah Ndam Joseph, SDF parliamentary group leader Hon. Joseph Banadzem and the Northwest regional Chair of the party Hon. Njong Evaristus.

By Abongwa Fozo

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to SDF fears twin elections would be marred by massive fraud

  1. Enaf carls burge August 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I can't agree more with Royman, our socalled Advanced Democracy is only found in this Country. How on earth would anybody be allowes to vote without a voter's card or an ID card, documents that identify any individual. still now, the electoral roll is yet to be published, WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO?

  2. Royman July 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    There is no doubt the elections will not be free and fair. First of all, most of the Elecam officials are CPDM bigwigs who are expected to become neutral. This is a tall order in Africa. Next is the current trend of manipulations by ELECAM. We have heard of lists being smuggled into their offices after the closing date. most importantly they have now said people can votw with their ID cards. Cameroonians should not accept this. This is a ploy to get thousands of unregistered voters and multiple voters to cast their ballot in favour of the party that controls the tax payer's contributions and the nation's wealth.

    The oposition must insist that ALL electoral registers must be made public at least one two weeks before the elections. This is a crucial issue as all the people who have to vote will know where they will be voting and more importantly everybody will know if the voter's cards they are holding correspond to an entry in an electoral register. There are some people that may not see their names on registers come election day even though they have valid voter's cards. This publication will also allow all the players to know the maximum possible votes in any polling station, district, sub division, division, region and the nation at large. This way you can count ballots and know who has won even if results from some interior and remote communicationless areas are still awaited as is often the case in Cameroon.  We all know that these remote results have always come and overturned the comfortable margin which some parties register in urban areas. It beats me that more people live in the interiors and hinterlands only during elections. 

    We know of the case of a Presidential Candidate who was unable to vote on election day because he went to the polling station expecting his name to be on the voter's roll and his voter's card waiting there. Of course Cameroon and the world knew that he was not even registered to vote.

    Where on earth can a Presidential candidate not even be a registered voter? We got a long long long way to go. Peace be upon this nation.

  3. Abakwaboy July 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Spot on Eddy, I agree with you on this, beside we are "enemies in the house"

  4. Eddy July 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Real power in Elecam lies with the Director General because he is francophone and from the East. Fokam Azu is just a figure head.

  5. Camerbaby July 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Elecam is a subsection of the CPDM, don't expect more from it.

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