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    OIF urges calm in post-electoral Cameroon

    APA-Dakar (Senegal)

    The International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) on Thursday called for calm and the preservation of peace in Cameroon, following last weekend’s presidential election.

    In the wake of the exercise the OIF Secretary-General urged all stakeholders, including the candidates, to contribute to preserving the peace and use, in all circumstances, legal channels to seek redress, a statement from the organization said.

    Cameroonians headed to the polls on Sunday, 7 October 2018 to choose their next president for the next five years.

    They’re still waiting for the results of the first round that should be published by the Constitutional Council in a fortnight.

    However Maurice Kamto, one of the main challengers of incumbent President Paul Biya (in power for 36 years) claimed victory on Monday.

    In the meantime, 17 appeals have been addressed to the Constitutional Council.

    OIF scribe Michaëlle Jean, called for serious monitoring the post-poll situation through the missions deployed in Cameroon.

    The bloc bringing together French-speaking countries said for several months it mobilized a multi-faceted technical and political support with the view to assisting the electoral process in Cameroon.

    To this end it had dispatched the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Desire Kadre Ouedraogo, a former Burkinabe PM and ex chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


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