Cameroon faces a long wait for results of the just ended Presidential elections. The country’s constitutional council, the body charged with publishing the results is expected to publish the results within a Maximum period of 15 days.
Reports say officials of the election governing body in Cameroon, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) have already completed the first day of compiling results of Sunday October 7, 2018 presidential election.
On Monday October 8, officials of respective Divisional Offices began receiving partial results from the 24, 988 subdivisions and 24,988 polling stations across Cameroon.
They have latest 72 hours from the day of vote as provided by the law to forward the results to the national vote counting commission, who are charged to count and give final results to the constitutional council.
Sunday’s ballot followed a last-minute attempt by a weak opposition to unite to dislodge President Paul Biya, one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers who is widely expected to win a seventh term.
By law each polling station must submit its results, after verification by the Elecam electoral commission, to the Constitutional Court which is responsible for announcing the final, official tally within 15 days.
“Two weeks! We’ve just finished counting here and I’m already getting news from other polling stations,” complained poll worker Francois, 22, after the ballot finished at one voting centre in Yaounde on Sunday night.
A raft of unofficial results from Cameroon’s almost 25,000 polling stations have already begun to circulate on social media.
Opposition candidates have called on their supporters to oversee the tallying process to prevent any fraud that might favour 85-year-old Biya’s quest for re-election.
“Times are tough. Rise up and prepare to defend your victory because there are some unbelievable things going on,” said outsider opposition hopeful, Cabral Libii, who at 38 was the youngest candidate.
Ahead of the polls, in which 6.5 million voters were eligible to cast ballots, one leading opposition candidate Maurice Kamto who was backed at the last minute by another opposition contender, warned he would “not accept any” result tainted by fraud.