SDF fears twin elections would be marred by massive fraud

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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