By Ron Devoe
The lack digital finger prints during the September 30, 2013 municipal/legislative elections is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty in Nkambe as ELECAM releases contradictory figures on the total number of registered voters for Municipal and Legislative elections. Talking to this reporter, Hon. Awudu Mbaya, SDF Parliamentary candidate for the last September 30, 2013 Parliamentary elections wondered whether there were separate voters’ registers for the twin election. He added that he was shocked to discover from the partial results sheet from ELECAM Nkambe council branch that the total number of registered voters was not coherent. “I want ELECAM to explain to the population the magic that orchestrated the disparity in the total number of registered voters in Nkambe”. Justifying his argument with the partial result sheets, Hon. Awudu Mbaya said it is treacherous that instead of 23.357 voters, ELECAM partial result sheets indicates that the total number of registered voters in Nkambe stood at 23.600 for the municipal elections and 23.421 voters registered as if there were two separate registers during recompilation. “This is indicative that something went wrong with the electoral register and I am now convinced that the information I am getting that some 5000 voters’ cards were printed by some individuals and distributed in Nkambe maybe true”, he continued. According to Hon. Awudu Mbaya these conflicting figures explain why in some polling stations the numbers of vote casts were more than the registered number of voters. He reiterated that this act could happen with the complicity of ELECAM Nkambe council branch. He recalled that in 2004 Chief Ephraim Inoni absconded with a ballot box just because he was gunning to be appointed Prime Minister and it came to pass that the same individual has been nabbed by Sparrow Hawk. He likened the electoral malpractices of the CPDM in Nkambe to that pathetic scenario. Harping on the rigging machinery of the CPDM, Hon. Awudu Mbaya hauled over the coals of Shey Jones Yembe and Co for conniving and colluding to rig peoples’ consciences and victory because someone is craving with the desire to be appointed Prime Minister. He said he was shocked that the same people were on tree tops challenging President Biya to carve Nkambe as a Special Constituency after the polls. It should be recalled that Hon. Awudu Mbaya being conscious of the fact that his constituency extends to Ndu, he was apt enough to establish a Radio station at Ndu and besides that he also constructed a step down TV transmitter for the electorates in Ndu and the entire Donga Mantung Division. These initiative pundits say paved the way for SDF victory in Ndu. “As politician, I think the key is we have to challenge the way some people practice politics and at the same time make sure that during voting the principle of one man-one vote is respected”, he concluded. Classified sources linked to the SDF district secretariat in Nkambe however hinted that the SDF is taking the President of ELECAM, the Director of Elections and the Nkambe Council ELECAM head to court for concocting and manipulating the voters’ register. Public opinion in Nkambe is looking at Dr. Fonkam to explain whether ELECAM had two registers given the inconsistency in the total number of registered voters.
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