Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Presidential election results: Internet users challenge Paul Atanga Nji


Despite the ban by Cameroonian law to publish the election results before the Constitutional Council, several figures and statistics created the buzz on the web, as soon as the polls closed last Sunday.

Despite the ban by Cameroonian law to publish the election results before the Constitutional Council, several figures and statistics created the buzz on the web, as soon as the polls closed last Sunday. A few minutes after the closure of the offices for the presidential election of October 7, results of several polling stations (even fictitious) were already known. In detail, figures are published on the number of registrants, the number of voters, the rate of abstention and even the ranking of candidates. Yet most of these figures are simply the imagination of their authors.

In a reaction to national television after the presidential election of October 7, Paul Atanga Nji, the Minister of Territorial Administration recalls that "the proclamation of the official results of the presidential election falls under the exclusive competence of the Council constitutional. 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. Several social networks have been quick to publish results in constituencies or countries in which Cameroon has no diplomatic representation.

However, the minat recalls that despite the security measures taken by the government for the good conduct of the poll in the North West and South West regions, eight candidates have not seen fit to deploy their campaign teams. Some Internet users, however, have published results concerning these administrative districts with figures in several dozens of polling stations. In a fictional polling station located in Yaounde's 5th arrondissement in the Essos district, some social networks gave the candidate Paul Biya second with 78 votes against 147 for mauritius Kamto.

after verification, it turned out that the school in question was not requisitioned by Elecam to house the poll. According to official figures published by Elecam, 6,600,192 voters registered on the electoral lists nationally and 19,356 abroad, for the presidential election of October 7 last. 24,988 polling stations were distributed throughout the national territory and 66 for Cameroonians voting abroad. The Ministry of Territorial Administration accredited 4094 observers, ie 3662 national and 432 international.


Source: Signature No 0099