Cameroon Constitutional Council starts hearing petitions of legislative election

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Cameroon and Chad

The Cameroon Constitutional Court on Monday began hearing petitions for nullification of Feb. 9 legislative election in certain constituencies of the country, as the country awaits proclamation of the final results of the poll.

Ten judges of the Constitutional Council are hearing the petitions. It is unclear how long the council will take to rule on the petitions, but final results of the election are expected to be declared by Feb. 29, according to the electoral code.

A total of 40 petitions have been filed by 12 political parties including ruling Cameron People’s Democratic Movement asking for the election to be either partially or totally annulled in certain constituencies according to the Constitutional Council.

Main opposition party, Social Democratic Front (SDF) that is deeply rooted in Anglophone regions ravaged by a three-year-long separatist conflict, has petitioned the court to cancel the election in the regions “because there were so many irregularities especially as fighting scared people from voting”.

On Friday, the National Vote Counting Commission handed over provisional results of the election to the Constitutional Council.

The election took place on Feb. 9, with authorities expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the polls, despite threats from armed separatists in the country’s restive English-speaking regions. Enditem

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