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Prisoner petitions Constitutional Council to cancel Presidential election

Bertin Kisob of the Cameroon Party for Social Justice (CPSJ) has filed at least 14 petitions at the Constitutional Council, calling for the cancellation of Sunday’s Presidential election.

Kisob, a Pastor and son of retired Army Colonel, John Kisob, is serving a 12-year-jail term at the Yaonde Kondengui Maximum Security Prison.

It will be the second time that Kisob is praying the Constitutional Council to cancel the Presidential election. He brought the same prayer before the same court in the build up to the election after he wasn’t endorsed as candidate.

Legal minds hold that Kisob’s prayers for the cancellation of the election might be thrown out since the Electoral Code spells out that only parties who participated in the election can file complaints pertaining to the conduct of the election.

Provisions of Cameroon’s Electoral Code gives a 72 hours period for the filing of complaints at the Constitutional Council after the day of elections.

Bertin Kisob

By dint of this provision, parties have until midnight of Wednesday, October 10, to file in their application.

In June 2016, Kisob embarked on a hunger strike as a means of causing President Paul Biya to resign as Head of State.

He was arrested in March 2017 and slammed a 12-year’s sentence plus a fine of FCFA 2 million.

On September 29, 2011, Kisob claimed responsibility for an attack on the Wouri Bridge. On October 9 of the same year, he claimed responsibility for the killing of two security officers in Isangele, Ndian Division of the South West Region.

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