Despite the widespread irregularities that marred the October 7th polls, Paul Biya who has ruled Cameroon since 1982 has been declared winner of the controversial election. Will Biya ever step down?
Paul Biya has finally sealed his seventh tenure with over 70% of votes cast on the October 7, 2018, presidential elections. Cameroonian President Paul Biya won re-election with 71 percent of valid votes cast.
The country’s Constitutional Council announced the results of the October 7 polls on Monday amid high security across the country.
Biya, 85, will thus be extending his 36-year rule by another seven years. This is his seventh term in office but fifth under the multi-party era. He is only behind Equatorial Guinea’s Theodore Obiang Nguema on the list of Africa’s longest-standing leaders.
Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (born June 5, 1942) has been the President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
In Monday’s proclamation, the court’s president Clement Atangana declared the incumbent winner with a resounding lead of 71% of votes cast, while his closest challenger, Maurice Kamto garnered 14% of the votes cast.
Cast Ballot : 3 537 965
|Candidate||Party||Percentage of Votes|
|1||Paul Biya||Cameroon People's Democratic Movement||71.28%|
|2||Maurice Kamto||Cameroon Renaissance Movement||14.23%|
|4||Joshua Osih||Social Democratic Front||3.35%|
|5||Adamou Ndam Njoya||Cameroon Democratic Union||1.73%|
|6||Garga Haman Adji||Alliance for Democracy and Development||1.55%|
|7||Frankline Njifor Afanwi||National Citizens' Movement of Cameroon||0.67%|
|8||Serge Espoir Matomba||United People for Social Renovation||0.56%|
He added that the election was free, fair and credible despite a few security challenges in the English speaking regions.
The widely-expected win gives the 85-year-old a seventh term in office and could see him in power until at least the age of 92. The only current African president to have ruled longer is Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Victory in the Oct. 7 poll came amid claims from opposition candidates that the election was marred by fraud, including ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. The Constitutional Council rejected all 18 petitions claiming fraud last week.
In addition, violence connected to a separatist movement in the western Anglophone regions forced tens of thousands to flee in the lead up to the vote and kept the vast majority there from casting their ballot.
The announcement follows two weeks of political tension in the coffee and oil-producing country, during which Biya’s leading rival Maurice Kamto claimed victory based on his campaign’s figures, and as police tried to silence opposition marches in the port city of Douala.
Monday’s official results showed Kamto won 14 percent of the vote. Biya won with a big margin in nine of the 10 regions. In the South and East regions, he won over 90 percent of the vote.
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