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Monday, October 8, 2018

Election 2018: Atangana Nji threatens

Polling stations that opened at 8:00 this Sunday, October 07, 2018 for the presidential election, were closed at 18:00.Two hours after the closure, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji met the press in Yaoundé to take stock of today's polls. In the process, he warned all those who will try to break the law in the proclamation of results.

Below, the statement of the Minister of Territorial Administration

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Cameroonians in all sovereignty freely proceeded today Sunday, October 07, 2018 to the election of the President of the Republic for the next seven years.

This process began with the convening of the electorate by the head of state on July 9, 2018.

Nine candidacies were retained by the electoral council and validated by the constitutional council.

In application of the texts in force, the electoral campaign began on September 22, 2018. In accordance with the law, the State took charge of a part of the financing of the electoral campaign.

As such, the Minister of Territorial Administration made available to each candidate, in a strictly equal manner, the first installment of this funding before the start of the campaign.

All the candidates actually received this first installment, with the exception of Mr Maurice Kamto of the MRC party.

On very high instruction from the Head of State, His Excellency Mr. Paul Biya, the government has taken all measures to ensure the safe supervision of all candidates in the running.

At the end of the electoral campaign, it was noted that all candidates have freely deployed across the country without incident, in excess of excessive language and provocative acts of some candidates.

This day, October 07, 2018, the Cameroonians registered on the electoral lists have in their vast majority fulfilled their civic duty. According to the statistics of Elections Cameroon, an independent body responsible for organizing and overseeing the entire electoral process, 6,600,192 Cameroonians registered on the electoral lists nationally and 19,356 registered abroad.

These voters were distributed in 24,988 polling stations in the ten regions and 66 polling stations for Cameroonians in the diaspora.

As a reminder, Cameroon has ten regions, 58 departments and 360 districts. At the end of the election campaign, the various reports noted a low rate of coverage of the national territory by most candidates in the running.

For example, only one political party was able to deploy steadily in 340 boroughs.Others have reached barely a hundred arrondissements, being content to be present in the chief towns of departments and districts as well as in urban areas.

In terms of security measures taken by the government in the North-West and South-West Regions, it is easy to see that eight candidates did not deem it useful to deploy their campaign teams.

After the closing of the polling stations, the concordant information in my possession indicates that the electoral operations were generally conducted throughout the national territory in calm, serenity and transparency.

Apart from a few minor incidents, such as those recorded in Makenene and Baham, Western Region, where a supporter of an opposition political party was found in possession of another candidate's ballot, I insist that the presidential election took place without major disruption in the 360 ​​districts of Cameroon and in the 24 988 polling stations.

This is a high directive from the Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, which has just been executed to the letter.

These incidents, however, were not such as to taint the sincerity and credibility of the ballot held today.

This presidential election characterized by the appeal of some candidates for the respect of the verdict of the ballot boxes, demonstrates with desire that the Cameroonian democracy is alive and credible.

And as his Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic, Head of State has repeatedly emphasized, the democratic process is now irreversible in our country.

For this election, the Minister of Territorial Administration accredited a total of 4094 observers, ie 3662 national observers and 432 international observers.

On behalf of the Government, we congratulate the Cameroonian people, sovereign and master of their destiny, who, from the beginning of this process, showed maturity and patriotism. I invite political actors to follow suit and to show a high sense of responsibility so that the process that started so well ends in the same spirit.

Moreover, the process for the presidential election is framed by laws known to all. I therefore call for scrupulous respect for the laws and procedures governing electoral disputes.

I wish to emphasize that the proclamation of the official results of the presidential election is the exclusive competence of the Constitutional Council. No one has the right to take the place of this jurisdiction.Any form of questioning of the verdict of the ballot boxes outside the legal channels will not be tolerated. And I mean, whoever it is.

Thank you for your attention.