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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Re-election of Biya: Ong Mandela Center calls for UN intervention


Ong Mandela Center International issued a statement on the re-election of Paul Biya as Cameroon's leader. In this output, the NGO denounces what it calls an "electoral hold-up in Cameroon" and demands, energetically, the recount of votes in all 25,000 polling stations.

Below the statement of the Ong Mandela Center International regarding the victory of Paul Biya

The Ong Mandela Center International, brings to the attention of the national and international community:

That in his recent releases, Mandela Center International, seen irrefutable elements in his possession, had to reiterate, firmly, that the presidential election of 07 October 2018 in Cameroon, should be neither free, nor fair, nor transparent;

That the criteria for a credible election of INCLUSION, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIBILITY and COMPETITIVENESS contained in the Universal Guide to Promoting Legal Frameworks for Democratic Elections, Section 2, were far from met in Cameroon and we were heading towards an electoral masquerade;

That in violation of Article 296 of Law No. 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 on the Electoral Code, amended and supplemented by Law No. ° 012/017 of 21 December 2012, the Minister of Territorial Administration (Minat), Paul Atanga Nji, rejected the list of (350) three hundred and fifty observers of Mandela Center International to deploy in 360 municipalities, 58 departments and the ten regions of Cameroon, as well as those of several civil society organizations;

That in order to validate its fraud machine, the Yaoundé regime has shamelessly brought seven unscrupulous foreign mercenaries to Cameroon on national television as observers from the NGO Transparency International who have stated that they have "noted progress, (...) a great serenity and at the same time a great democratic emancipation "on the conduct of the vote after resorting to a false cabinet for a survey largely in favor of Paul Biya;

That electoral observation, which is a right of the citizen elector, the enjoyment of which serves to deter fraud, to prevent violence, to improve the electoral process, and to reconcile the credibility of the elected with popular legitimacy, confined right in article 19 (paragraphs 1 & 2) of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (CADEG), ratified by Cameroon on January 15, 2012 was literally trampled in Cameroon;

That the "independent" organization responsible for the organization, management and supervision of the entire electoral and referendum process in Cameroon "Elections Cameroon", abbreviated "ELECAM", created by Law No. 2006 / 011 of December 29, 2006 cruelly failed in his duty to ensure electoral transparency;

That in a preliminary statement of four pages made public on October 9, 2018, the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CENC), of which 231 observers were accredited to observe the poll, has decried flagrant and serious violations of the provisions of the Electoral Code.

That several electoral observers, who were prevented by the police from the Biya regime to submit their observation report, noted enormous irregularities on the day of the presidential election, namely, the corruption of party representatives opposition, their deportation to several polling stations, the installation of polling stations in the chiefdoms, the stuffing of ballot boxes, multiple votes, the manipulation of the minutes, the late posting of voters' lists, the sequestration of observers, abuse of authority, arrests, intimidation, killing ...;

That, as Mandela Center International has claimed, the elections did not take place in the English-speaking regions of the country, with a turnout of less than 05%, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG). the illusory assurances of the Minat before the election;

That because of a particularly tense security context in the two English-speaking regions of North-West and South-West, these zones were only a song of massive electoral frauds for the benefit of the candidate Paul Biya;

That the eighteen appeals brought to the Constitutional Council by the main candidates in the presidential election for the partial or total cancellation of the presidential election, for "frauds and irregularities", "blatant inconsistencies", "gross manipulations of words that were simply fabricated ", ... were all rejected by the President of this august chamber, Clément ATANGANA whose wife is a member of the ruling party, the RDPC, as some of his colleagues are still activists;

That the whole world has lived live unsigned minutes of about thirty mixed departmental commissions about a million and a half votes in favor of the outgoing President Paul Biya and on which the Constitutional Council relies to declare it winner;

That the right to universal suffrage is one of the fundamental human rights inherent in the very concept of the individual and is affirmed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) in Article 21;

That this passage in force of the Constitutional Council whose independence is put to severe test is contrary to several international instruments which devote the FREE AND REGULAR ELECTIONS, in particular the Universal Declaration of the humans right of 1948 in its articles 2 and 21, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, in Articles 3 and 25, the 1952 Convention on the Political Rights of Women in its first article, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965, in its Article 5, the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, in Articles 2 and 7, the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man of 1948, in Article 20, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950, Protocol I, Article 3, the African Charter on Human Rights and Human Rights. 1986, in Article 13;

That the African Charter of Democracy for Elections and Governance (CADEG), ratified by Cameroon on January 15, 2012 and in force within the African Union, recognizes alternation as a fundamental characteristic of democracy in its Article 23 ;

That according to Article 17 of this Charter, the Republic of Cameroon has the obligation "to hold regular transparent, free and fair elections in accordance with the Declaration of the Union on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa" ​​and "to free and transparent manner according to democratic constitutions and in accordance with the relevant legal instruments and according to a system of separation of powers guaranteeing, in particular, the independence of the judiciary ";

That the international order recognizes the universal link between human rights and democracy through the preamble of the Moscow Document of 3 October 2011: "The participating States emphasize that human rights issues , fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law are a matter of international concern because respect for these rights and freedoms is one of the foundations of the international order ";

That civil and political rights are fundamental human rights, inherent in the very notion of the individual, and are fully protected by texts of constitutional value, such as Law No. 96/06 of 18 January 1996 revising the Constitution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789;

That the Heads of State Abdou Diouf and Master Wade in Senegal, Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Jerry Rawlings in Ghana ... all ceded power in peace and that Paul Biya of Cameroon must not depart from this rule.

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THE FOREGOING, MANDELA INTERNATIONAL CENTER AND ITS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS:

1. Strongly rejects the results proclaimed by the Constitutional Council to the extent that they are completely contrary to the international conventions to which the Republic of Cameroon has freely subscribed and to the will expressed by the Cameroonian people during the presidential election of October 7th in Cameroon;

2. Reminds, with insistence, to the Yaoundé regime that Mandela Center will not endorse and never accept another umpire in Cameroon;

3. Strongly demands the recount of votes in all 25,000 polling stations;

4. Takes the international opinion with dignity to witness that the power of Yaoundé will be ENTIRELY responsible for any post-election violence;

5. Urges the international community to intervene to save democracy in danger in Cameroon in accordance with the African Charter on Democracy and Elections and Governance (CADEG), insofar as a State that does not respect its commitments freely subscribed is only a "rogue state";

6. Demands, openly, to the Yaounde regime to put an immediate end to the persecution of civil society actors, including REDHAC, who refuse to endorse the electoral masquerade of October 7;

6. Recommends, with insistence, that outgoing President Paul Biya avoid being a laughingstock for youth or hell for his country and leave as legacy for posterity a country undermined by a tribal and ragged division.

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For any additional information, please contact us at the following addresses: Email: mandelacenter2@gmail.com orcomptoirasssitancejudiciaire@gmail.comor solutionscameroun @ gmail.com Tel. : (00237) 679 79 81 80/678 912 205/699 25 87 77 Done at Yaoundé, October 21, 2018Permanent Executive Secretary Jean Claude Fogno


Source: camerounweb.com