The Chairman of the electoral board of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), Samuel Fonkam Azu’u has acknowledged there existed few cases of malpractice in the September 30 parliamentary and council elections.
Speaking after an electoral board meeting to evaluate the conduct of the polls Tuesday in Yaounde, the ELECAM chair told journalists that, “There were few cases of wrong doing but exceedingly marginal. The important thing is that we have a system which was able to check the cases of fraud.”
Fonkam Azu’u said in the final analysis, the Cameroonian system which involves the stakeholders, political parties who have something at stake at all the levels, the registration, the distribution of cards, polling stations and the various commissions, “I think that is a better guarantee for the sincerity of the polls,” he added.
Few cases of wrongdoing? The opposition does not see things this way. That is why about 40 petitions have been registered by the Supreme Court acting as the Constitutional Council. The post-election litigations are all calling for either the partial or complete cancelation of polls in some municipalities or constituencies.
Most of the petitioners claim that the elections were marred by colossal malpractices in proportions huge enough to affect the general outcome of the results. The Supreme Court is expected rule on the petitions and proclaim official results latest October 20.