The counting of votes has not been concluded across the country [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]
Cameroon‘s opposition candidate has claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential polls despite a government warning not to announce unofficial 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 opposition candidate did not give results to justify his claim, which was greeted by loud cheers from supporters as he made his announcement.
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 Preident Paul Biya’s 35-year grip on power.
The main opposition Social Democratic Front contender, Joshua Osih, did not participate in the coalition.
Biya, Africa’s oldest leader, has been in office since 1982.