Cameroon dismisses fraud claims in recent poll

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 6:20 AM
Cameroon dismisses fraud claims in recent poll

Cameroon's Supreme Court has rejected opposition demands to annul a recent presidential poll over claims of widespread fraud and irregularities.

The court made the announcement late Wednesday in response to applications from more than half of the 22 candidates in the Oct. 9 poll. The court dismissed similar petitions during a 2004 poll.

President Paul Biya has been in power for nearly 30 years and changed the constitution so he could run again this year. The inevitability of the election's outcome dampened turnout considerably, though opposition candidates also charged their supporters were chased from polling stations.

Results of the poll are expected Friday.