The Human Rights body deployed observers to the field who came back with positive findings.
According to a statement contained in the Thursday, October 18, 2018 issue of the national daily, Cameroon Tribune, the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms in Cameroon within the confines of its mandate was actively involved in monitoring of human rights during the electoral process. It deployed some 180 election observers to some localities of the national territory and from their observation, they came back with the following results.
Beginning with the pre-electoral phase, the Commission was satisfied to note the role played by the Constitutional Council in examining some of the petitions laid by certain representatives of political parties whose candidature were rejected by Elections Cameroon. Another important aspect the Commission took notice of was the ability for the flag bearers of the nine political parties running for the presidential elections to run their campaigns throughout the national territory, though just a few went to the restive South West and North West Regions. They explained that, security challenges were enough factors to justify the non-deployment of campaign teams to the said regions.
Just like many other national and international observers, the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms congratulates all the citizens who freely exercised their civic rights and duty to choose who will lead the country for the next seven years. They were delighted to note that voting unfolded in calmness, peace and serenity throughout the national territory but for some few incidents in some localities. They mostly welcome the inclusive measure taken by Elecam to promote the participation of physically challenged persons, especially the printing of ballot papers in braille for the visually impaired.
The Commission however, deplored the use of the social media to preach hate messages, fake news, defamation of character and incitement to hatred and violence. Pending the verdict of the electoral disputes and the proclamation of results by the Constitutional Council, the Commission urges all actors of the electoral process to respect the rule of law and the fundamental principles governing elections in Cameroon. It invites all Cameroonians to work for the peace, serenity and the stability of the country as they patiently wait for the results.