The Social Democratic Front party SDF has said they will only participate in the February 2020 twin elections after peace returns to the restive regions of Cameroon.
The National Vice President of the party, Hon. Joshua Osih made clear that the Head of State would either postpone the upcoming Legislative and Municipal elections until peace returns to the country’s crisis-hit North West and South West regions or put an end to the crisis before the elections date if not, they will not be part of the polls.
He was speaking at a press conference Thursday in Yaounde.
Hon. Osih stated that a high level of insecurity still prevails in the regions and has hindered some party militants from depositing their files in the areas where they come from.
“As we speak, close to 30 of our supporters have been captured by secessionists simply because they tried to become candidates on an SDF list. We have had many other challenges as far as compiling the different documents in those two parts of Cameroon was concerned” he said.
“The fact that we have submitted candidacy files does not mean that we will be there on the 9th of February. We remind Cameroonians that the only person capable of putting an end to the war in the North West and South West is President Biya alone, and what we hope is that he will do that before February 9. If he doesn’t, it will be impossible for us to participate in the elections because we don’t want bloodshed,” he added.
On November 13, the National Chairman of the party, Ni John Fru Ndi called on current Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Municipal Councillors to prepare their candidature files for the February 9, 2020 Legislative and Municipal elections.
That decision came some three months after the party had announced it will not participate in any elections until the crisis in the North West and South West regions of the country is duly resolved.