Cameroon’s opposition has claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential election even with the government’s warning to wait for official results.
‘I was charged with taking a penalty, I took it and I scored,’ Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) candidate Maurice Kamto said at a news conference on Monday in Yaounde.
‘I have received a clear mandate from the people and I intend to defend it until the end,’ he said.
‘I invite the outgoing president to organise a peaceful way to transfer power,’ Kamto added.
The announcement was met with loud cheers by supporters even though no results were presented to justify the claims.
However, the deputy secretary general of the Ruling-Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, Gregoire Owona, has accused Kamto of breaking the law.
‘It is not right at all to announce this. He hasn’t won anything at all. It’s totally illegal,’ he said, adding that it was too early to say if anyone had won.
‘Kamto was not even represented at all the polling stations, (so) it was impossible for him to count all the votes,’ he added.
By law, each polling station must submit its results after verification by the electoral commission, to the Constitutional Court which is responsible for announcing the official tally within 15 days.
Ahead of the polls, Kamto formed a coalition with the marginal opposition People’s Development Front (FDP) but was still seen as unlikely to threaten President Paul Biya’s 35-year grip on power.
The main opposition Social Democratic Front contender, Joshua Osih, did not participate in the coalition.
The counting of votes is still on-going.
Biya, Africa’s oldest leader, has been in office since 1982.