Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Cameroon Constitutional Council Adjourns Presidential Poll Petition Hearings

Xinhua - Cameroon Constitutional Council on Wednesday adjourned hearings on petitions for nullification of Oct. 7 presidential election to Thursday after a heated debate between lawyers of the opposition candidate and the ruling party.


"The session has been adjourned to 6 pm (+1 GMT) tomorrow," Justice Clement Atangana, president of the Constitutional Council, said after close to 11 hours of deliberations.

Hearings became rowdy after the lawyers of opposition candidate Maurice Kamto from the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) insisted that signed minutes of 32 polling stations should be provided to the Council by Cameroonian electoral body, Elections Cameroon (Elecam) for cross-checking, lawyer Alphones Mbah who witnessed the hearings told Xinhua.

"But it is still unclear whether the minutes will be made available during tomorrow's hearings since the president announced the adjournment after the disorder," Mbah said.
Cameroon Constitutional Council Adjourns Presidential Poll Petition Hearings
Earlier, Kamto through his lawyers argued that the election should be nullified in seven out of 10 regions in the country because of massive irregularities, insecurity in troubled Anglophone regions and fraud.

Lawyers of the ruling party Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) told the Council that Kamto's case should be dismissed because it "lacks legal backing and proofs".

Judgment on Kamto's petition is likely to be passed tomorrow when the Council resumes, said Mbah.
Hearings will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. local time with the petition from Joshua Osih of the leading opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) demanding the complete cancellation of the election, Atangana said.

On Tuesday the Council dismissed 16 petitions seeking the total nullification of the poll mostly because the petitions were inadmissible since they failed to respect the legal procedures, according to Atangana.

According to the Electoral Code, the decision of the Constitutional Council is final, and the final results of the election are expected to be declared by the Council by Oct. 22.

Source - www.xinhuanet.com

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