Cameroon Presidential Election: Oppositions Call for Cancellation, Demands Re-Run
Incumbent President, Paul Biya is hoping to extend his 36-year reign, but allegations of voter intimidation, violence and ballot-stuffing have cast doubt over the October 7 election and also raised political tensions ahead of the official results expected before Sunday.
Opposition candidate Maurice Kamto, who declared victory shortly after the vote without providing actual figures, asked the court to cancel results in seven regions, while Candidates Joshua Osih and Cabral Libii have called for the results to be cancelled and the election to be re-run. Meanwhile, Cameroon’s electoral body has defended the conduct of the poll and dismissed allegations of fraud.
Opposition to another seven years of Biya rule comes amid a separatist insurgency in the English-speaking South West and North West regions where there were isolated incidents of violence on election day and where few went to vote.