The Minister of Territorial Administration (MINAT), Paul Atanga Nji, has warned Cameroonians to guard against proclaiming results of the just ended October 7, presidential elections.
He was speaking, Sunday October 7, 2018 in Yaounde, while giving a balance sheet of the atmosphere that reigned during the presidential elections across the country and beyond.
According to the MINAT boss, the Constitutional Council, is the only legal body recognized to proclaim results.
He insisted that those propagating partial or whole results, other than the Constitutional Council, will face the wrath of the law.
“The official proclamation of results is an exclusive right of the Constitutional Council and no one has the right to substitute this body. Any form of challenge to the verdict of the polls other than the constitutional legal means will not be tolerated. I insist that candidates and political actors, should show signs of responsibility and they have to abide to the rules and regulations known by everyone of us,” Minister Atanga Nji said.
He equally cautioned political parties to exercise so restrain and respect the electoral process right to the end.
He indicated that in the event of any query, the aggrieved persons should follow all the legal means to table their worries.
“I invite all political actors and stakeholders, to toll the line and demonstrate a sense of responsibility so that all that began well, should end well. The electoral process for the election of the President of the Republic, is guided by laws known to everyone. I therefore call for the scrupulous respect for these laws and provisions, and the proceedings guiding electoral complaints,” Minister Atanga Nji expounded.
On the conduct of elections earlier this October 7, the MINAT boss indicated that all went well in the 360 subdivisions, and the 24,988 polling stations in Cameroon.
He however cited some isolated cases that characterized voting in some parts of the country, though he omitted the skirmishes that erupted in the two English Speaking regions.
Minister Atanga Nji equally indicated that some 4,094 observers were accredited, with 3,662 being local observers and 432 being those out of the country.