Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary and the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) Jean Nkuete, yesterday, Monday, October 8, 2018, went on the offensive after Professor Maurice Kamto, Presidential flagbearer of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) declared himself as the winner of the October 7 Presidential election.
The duo quickly organised late night press conferences to counteract the earlier declaration made by Kamto.
According to the CPDM SG, the declaration by Kamto is false and should not be listened to by Cameroonians.
He said the incumbent Paul Biya has won the election with an absolute majority in all the 10 Regions.
“Even though we await the final verdict of the results from the Constitutional Council within 15 days, I want to state here that President Paul Biya has won the election with absolute majority in all 10 Regions. I therefore called on Cameroonians not to listen to what Maurice Kamto said”, Jean Nkuete told the press.
Immediately after his press conference, the Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, also hurriedly organised another press conference on the same subject matter.
According to Issa Tchiroma, Maurice Kamto has acted in violation of the rules and regulations governing the election.
“……Kamto acted in violation of the rules and regulations governing the election…. You cannot win election without obtaining an overwhelming majority of votes in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The CPDM has the Region in its palms”, Tchiroma told the press.
The questions many people are asking is, is the CPDM or the Government frightened by Kamto’s victory declaration? The law states that no one has the right to declare or report trends of election results except the Constitutional Council, so why is the CPDM SG and MINCOM boss declaring Paul Biya winner? Haven’t they also violated the law?
It should be noted that immediately after the polls closed, the Minster of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, warned that the Constitutional Council has the exclusive right to proclaim elections results and anyone who does that is seen as having violated the law and would be punish accordingly.
According to the Cameroon Electoral Code, election results are to be proclaimed by the Constitutional Council within 15 days after voting. Members of the Constitutional Council were appointed months ago by President Paul Biya.