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2018 Senatorial Election : Did Atanga Nji usurp Elecam?

The Minister of Territorial Administration held a press conference on Sunday evening to assess the conduct of the Senatorial elections…

The Minister of Territorial Administration held a press conference on Sunday evening to assess the conduct of the Senatorial elections at the same time Elecam, the body in charge of organising the elections was also presenting first balance sheet.

“The polls were held in the headquarters of the 58 divisions of Cameroon in calm and serenity,” said Minister Paul Atanga Nji during a press briefing yesterday.

He also added that 3723 observers were present across the country amongsty whom were 414 were international observers.

A few hours after the close of the polls, the Minister of Territorial Administration added that no major incident was recorded at any of the voting stations.

However, his assessment of the polls is in contradiction to some of the events that took place in some of the polling stations especially in the English-speaking parts of the country.

If Atanga Nji was very assured in his presentation of « facts » on the conduct of the elections, Abdoulaye Babale, the Director or Elecam was rather caustious in his assessment of the exercise as he pointed out few hitches notably in the Anglophone zones.

Violent clashes were recorded at the Bangem polling station in the Kupe Manenguba Division on Sunday though no voter was harmed, according to local security sources.

A hidden camera was equally discovered in the Mbengwi polling station forcing accusations and counter accusations form both sets of councillors from the opposition and ruling party.

Atanga Nji also missed out on the fact that the Lebialem polling station was not operational due to security threats forcing councillors to be uplifted to go vote in the Menoua Division.

The Director General of Elections Cameroon, Abdoulaye Babale said 9305 councillors out of the 10.105 effectively took part in the election with a 92 percent participation. 800 Councillors were absent from the polling stations for various reasons, Abdoulaye Babale added.

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