Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Kamto’s Coalition Members Reject Preliminary Election Results, Decry Constant Police Harassment

The coalition of opposition parties, civil society organisations backing the Cameroon Renaissance Movement’s (CRM) Presidential flagbearer to the October 7 polls, Professor Maurice Kamto, has rejected the unofficial preliminary results from the National Vote Counting Commission.

The coalition members have also decried the constant harassment of their members by security forces.

“Information of the electoral results from the National Vote Counting Commission of the recent Presidential election is currently circulating in the social media.
Kamto’s Coalition Members Reject Preliminary Election Results, Decry Constant Police Harassment
“According to this information, candidate Paul Biya has won with an overwhelming victory. In reaction to this falsified victory, CRM and its coalition of political parties and other organisations built in support of the candidacy of Maurice Kamto have categorically rejected these falsified results,” the statement read.

The press release also condemns what it called acts by the regime to orchestrate post-election violence and blame it on the opposition. This, according to them is done through the spreading of hate speech and the incitement of ethnic hatred on State media and some privately-owned channels.

The coalition also said that its members and sympathisers have become targets of security forces with some of them being jailed against the law. They cited the case of the Deputy National Treasurer of the CRM, Thierry Okala Ebode, who was arrested on Election Day because he raised an alarm against the usurpation of his identity by another voter.
According to the coalition of parties and groups supporting Muarice Kamto, since his arrest, Okala Ebode has been languishing in detention.

The press release also highlighted some cases of electoral fraud which it said took place in some areas of the North, South, West, Centre and South West Regions where their representatives where expelled from the polling stations Manu military.

While insisting on the “victory” of Maurice Kamto at the October polls, the statement ended by calling on Cameroonians “not to allow their victory to be stolen.”

This press release is coming just a week after Maurice Kamto declared himself winner of the October 7 Presidential election, which has opened an avalanche of verbal responses from every quarter.

The coalition is also preparing to defend before the Constitutional Council, this Tuesday, its position calling for the cancellation of the results of the election in some areas.

Source - natimesnews.com

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