Friday, January 24, 2020

Pre-electoral Crisis: More than 127 cases dismissed

After a week of debate, some appeals were rehabilitated by the high court while others were dismissed for various reasons, this January 21, 2020.

More than half of the 127 cases entered on the list of high courts have been declared inadmissible. Referred several times under deliberation for their delicacy, the Court delivered its verdict today after a week of careful study and contradictory debates. 

Indeed, it was necessary to follow with interest the different parties and compare their arguments. Among the parties that attracted the most calls, the SDF, the UNDP, the FSNC, the PURS and the RDPC. 

What you should remember 

At the head, the case opposing the RDPC to the SDF in Yaoundé 6. After deliberation, the list of the RDPC was rehabilitated because the Social democratic front had not actually deposited the required deposit to ELECAM. Rejected, the party announces the withdrawal of all its municipal lists in the Center. 

The Court also decided to: 

- rehabilitate the list of the United People for Social Renewal (PURS) in Nkolnyasetta, Center region,

- reject the lists of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) in Demba, region of the North and in Waza, region of the Far North. 

But still ... 

During the hearing of January 15, 2020, the Supreme Court rehabilitated: 

- the list of the UNDP in Pitoa, region of the North, 

- the list of the CPDM in Tombel, region of the South-west, 

- the list of the SDF in Douala 1er and Batibo.

The high court also rejected the Cameroonian Party for National Reconciliation (PCRN) list in Dibang, Center region. 

As a reminder, far from being exhaustive, these are the cases which most fueled the exchanges during the hearings on the 2020 municipal pre-electoral disputes. 

Main reasons for the rejections 

The Supreme Court essentially refers to the lack of quality , the unfounded pleas in law. And above all, the violation of article 40 of the Constitution and that 114, paragraph 1 of the text, organizing the attributions of functioning of the administrative Courts. According to these provisions, decisions rendered by the regional administrative courts cannot be appealed but rather appealed. 

In light of the decisions rendered, the judges have only applied the law, even if it is hard. Three days before the official launch of the electoral campaign for the double ballot on February 9, 2020, the various staffs are refining their latest strategies.