Contenders request Supreme Court to call new poll in six months

Seven opposition applicants participated in Cameroon’s presidential election requested the Supreme Court on Monday to call off the Oct. 9 election and announce a new one in the coming six months. Moreover, they threatened that if their request was not entertained, their supporters would protest.

Opposition applicants including John Fru Ndi, leader of the main opposition party and Adamou Ndam Njoya of the CDU party, discarded the yet to be announced fallout, saying no winner will be rightful due to indiscretion during the ballot.

Incumbent President Paul Biya is likely to be re-elected in the one-round poll, challenged by over 20 rivals from the broken opposition.

“We therefore reject any result that shall be declared by the Constitutional Council because of our well-founded conviction that there were really no elections in Cameroon on the 9th of October 2011,” the candidates said in a statement.

They added: “Should the council refuse to annul this counterfeit election and insist on declaring a result, we hereby call on the people to come out massively to demonstrate.”

Cameroon is the world’s fifth leading cocoa producer and the region’s breadbasket, providing food to Chad, Central African Republic, Congo Republic and Gabon.

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