The National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes will forward the report of its operation to the Constitutional Council tomorrow, February 21, 2020.
After three days of work, the National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes, on February 19, 2020 finished the operation for the counting of votes for the February 9, 2020 election of the Members of the National Assembly.
Speaking during the session of the Commission on February 19, 2020, its Chairperson, Emile Essombè said the vote counting operation was finished. He also said the final report was ready and the Commission members appended their signatures to it. Emile Essombè said the report would have been forwarded to the Constitutional Council today, February 20, 2020 but for the solemn opening ceremony of the Supreme Court. As such, he announced that the report of the final counting of votes would only be forwarded to the Constitutional Council tomorrow. The forwarding of the report to the Constitutional Council on February 21 will be within the prescriptions of the Electoral Code which in Section 69 (4) states that, “The National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes shall draw up a report of all its operations. A copy with appended documents shall be forwarded within five days to the Constitutional Council.”
On the general conduct of the final vote counting operations, the representative of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) in the Commission, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla told the press that all the political parties agreed on the figures and that they also agreed on the report. He said the work was done in a convivial manner and the end was collegial. Mr Talba Malla disclosed that when it came to some constituencies, divergences arose but in the final analysis there was consensus on the figure.
The representative of the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF), Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam on his part, said the work went on well. He specified that the role of the National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes was just to correct any calculating errors. He said that before the present Electoral Code was adopted in 2012, Section 45 of Law of 2006 gave the power to the National Commission for the Final Counting of Votes to inscribe any observations in respect to the regularity of the elections. He said that with the powers, “the Commission used to be very useful and instrumental in assisting Supreme Court sitting in place of the Constitutional Council at the time to arrive at valid decisions.”
The final counting of votes is a crucial step in the electoral process as after its submission to the Constitutional Council, the institution would in the coming days programme rulings on post-polling petitions. All must be done to respect the provisions of the Electoral Code in Section 168 (1) that,” the Constitutional Council shall ensure the regularity of the election of Members of Parliament. It shall proclaim the results within a maximum period of 20 days with effect from the date of the closure of polls.”