- Category: News
- Published on 06 September 2013
Seventy Four cases were enlisted for hearing during a session that opens this morning at the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Registry yesterday at mid-day. As part of the pre-electoral disputes that open this morning for the legislative elections, the counsel of one of the petitioners wished to submit his client's appeal to abandon the proceedings against another political party in the Littoral Region. He was asked to submit his appeal during this morning session. In all, 74 cases were actually enlisted for hearing during today's session at the Supreme Court, sitting in lieu of the Constitutional Council. Many of these cases were submitted long after the time-limits prescribed to this effect, as could be seen on the poster at the entrance of the secretariat of the Registry. The “late submission” of these appeals should lead to their rejection by the high judges, as stated by a source from CT. The same source equally indicated several cases of discontinuance of proceedings already recorded and files that ought to be declared inadmissible on several grounds, the most regular, as specified by a court specialist in electoral matters, being the signing of appeals by parties' counsels.
Prominent among the political parties that abundantly manifested within the framework of today’s court session, is the "Union of socialist movements" (Ums). In fact, Pierre Kwemo's party, with 19 appeals submitted, is first. It is followed by the "Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun" (Mrc) of Maurice Kamto with 12 appeals filed. The Social Democratic Front (SDF) with 7 appeals comes third. 6 appeals were equally filed by CPDM militants, either against other parties or simply against the lists approved by their own party. Appeals most prominently included petitions to disqualify competing lists, to rehabilitate lists rejected by the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon (Elecam) and even to replace some of the candidates that caused the lists to be rejected. Some parties, like the MRC, merely expected an order by the Constitutional Council for Elections Cameroon to accept their lists of candidates.
The high court, for its part, was preparing to host today's session. Everything in the Court Registry, which is headed by Judge Appolinaire Koé Amougou, seemed to be ready, with workers preparing the big court room to host the event this morning. Some sub-optimal bulbs were being changed here and there, while the lawn outside was being mowed. Several political party officials, for one reason or the other, undertook the trip to the Supreme Court. This was the case of the Secretary-General of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP), Senator Pierre Flambeau Ngayap, Ums's Pierre Kwemo and Ernest Pekeuho Tchoffo of the "Bloc pour la Reconstruction et l’Indépendance Economique du Cameroun" (Bric). It is worth recalling that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 136 of Law No. 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 on the Electoral Code, as amended and supplemented by Law No. 2012/017 of 21 December 2012, the judgements that would be passed this morning shall be final.
Jean Francis BELIBI