Contenders want Cameroon soccer poll nullified

Iya Mohammed. PHOTO | BBC  

Contenders who lost in the election that saw the outgoing president of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) re-elected despite being in jail, are contesting the legitimacy of the poll.

Iya Mohammed was re-elected despite being held for alleged financial mismanagement while in charge of a state-owned company.

Marlène Emvoutou, one of the candidates who lost, wants the polls annulled, while former FECAFOOT first vice-president John Begheni Ndeh says he does recognise the election.

In an appeal letter lodged at FECAFOOT’s elections appeals board on Thursday, Emvoutou says the vote was blighted by irregularities.

She challenges the power of attorney Mohammed granted FA official Aboubakar Alim Konate to represent him in the vote.

The power of attorney was signed on June 7, 2013 and Mohammed could not have predicted he would be unavailable on June 19, the date the elections were held, she argues.

Mohammed was rounded up on June 10 as he came back from Togo, where Cameroon suffered a 2-0 bashing in a World Cup qualifier the day before.

State auditors say he mismanaged the Cotton Development Corporation (SODECOTON), causing it to lose more than $19 million.

Emvoutou also says delegates who wanted to vote for her were denied access to the Wednesday polls.

Ndeh says he does not recognise the elections and the body that conducted them because he is FECAFOOT’s interim president.

The emergency commission of the FA named Ndeh interim president on Monday, but the executive committee contested the decision saying the mandate of the latter body had expired.

In the polls, which a Fifa representative said went on well, Mohammed’s list raked in 98 votes.

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