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Date:05 Jul 2011
Top Cameroonian Official Dismisses Concerns about October Vote

The chairman of Cameroon’s electoral board (ELECAM) says opposition concerns that October’s general elections will be rigged are unfounded according to VOA.

The opposition also complains that all of the board’s members come from the ruling Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People [RDPC].

Samuel Fonkam said ELECAM policies and practices have been revised to ensure the polls will be free and fair within the context of the country’s constitution.

He said some of the electoral changes suggested by the opposition exceed the guidelines of the constitution. He said critics would have to work to have the document changed if they want to see the enactment of further reforms.

“The electoral commission in Cameroon is only applying the rules as they exist, not the rules as they ought to be,” said Fonkam. “More and more political party leaders agree with us that until the legal framework is changed, we cannot do the things that they are canvassing that we should do.”


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