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Senatorial: SDF loss NWR by narrow margin

 

 

Ni John Fru Ndi SDF chairman respecting the party anthem

Ni John Fru Ndi SDF chairman respecting the party anthem

The Social Democratic Front (SDF) appears to have lost the Northwest to its rival CPDM by a very narrow margin according to information filtering out from the ELECAM regional head Office in Bamenda today, following the casting of ballots in the first ever senatorial election in Cameroon on Sunday April 14, 2013.

Of the 1000 potential councilors to vote in the poll, 999 effectively voted with one abstention, who is out of the country. The unconfirmed results puts the CPDM at 517 votes  that is 51.75% of the total votes cast, SDF 475 votes (47.54%), 7 null ballots (0.70%) of the total votes,

CPDM Celebrates Victory

Barely hours after the polls had closed across the region, some top CPDM party brass immediately jumped into celebratory mode at the Club 58 Up-Station Bamenda. Amongst whom, were the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City council Ndumu Nji Vincent and former SDF provincial chair Kum Henry Ichu .

Officials of the SDF have been so far muted over the results, but some party sources say the SDF is still confident it would carry the day though others say the blame game has started, and some top party officials are trying to fish out councilors they think betrayed the party.

Unofficial results

Boyo                                      SDF -73, CPDM -34

 Bui                                        SDF-71, CPDM -120

 Donga Mantung                     SDF -71,   CPDM-88 

Menchum                               CPDM -97, SDF-00 (Four Absentee votes)

Mezam                                   CPDM -40, SDF 178

Momo                                     CPDM-78, SDF -48; 1 null ballot

Ngoketunjia;                           CPDM-60, SDF-34  

 

 

These results would only be confirmed by the Supreme court sitting in for the Constitutional Court within 15 days of voting.

For the time being there is still an uneasy tension reigning in the region especially in Bamenda. Though all may be gloomy the SDF in its strong hold of the NWR, things may have shaped up for the party differently elsewhere it had to face smaller opposition parties like the UDC of Adamu Ndam Njoya  (West region) and UNDP of Bello Bouba in the Adamawa.  Unconfirmed results reaching Bamendaonline.net indicates that the SDF has won both constituencies.

 

By Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda

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