Friday, October 18, 2013

Cameroon: Biya’s ruling CPDM retains grip of legislature in September poll

By Christopher Ambe
President Paul Biya
Cameroon's Supreme Court yesterday Thursday October 17 declared that President Paul Biya's ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPD M)  has  retained  its firm control of  the National Assembly, following  last September 30 parliamentary election. The National assembly is the lower house of Cameroon’s Parliament, and the upper house is the Senate. 

According to the poll results released by the Supreme Court, sitting in lieu of the yet-to-created Constitutional Council, the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement won 148 of the 180 legislative seats.
  Cameroon’s leading opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) led by John Fru Ndi came a distant second with 18 seats.

The Court proclaimed the results after it rejected more than 40 petitions against the conduct of the election, citing lack of sufficient evidence and the non-respect of legal procedures in filing the complaints.
The various petitions said the election was marred by numerous irregularities such as rigging and absence of ballot papers of other parties.

The CPDM also has a sweeping majority in Cameroon’s newly created 100-seat Senate, and has just won 305 of the country’s 360 councils.

Biya, aged 80 plus, has been President of the CPDM since March 1985 and President of Cameroon since November 1982.

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