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Opposition trains anti-rigging squad

The Social Democratic Front (SDF), considered Cameroon’s main opposition party, has trained 150 of its activists in election monitoring ahead of legislative and municipal polls due in 2001, AFP reported on Friday. They will in turn train about 2,500 SDF supporters in Cameroon’s 10 provinces to observe elections. AFP quoted SDF leader John Fru Ndi as saying that the 150 trainers were “now equipped to know how fraud is committed and how to fight it on the basis of the law” and that all the wars and conflicts in Africa today stemmed from electoral fraud. Fru Ndi also called on France and other foreign powers to put pressure on the Cameroonian government to set up an independent body to organise elections. The three-day training course was organised by the SDF with support from the Fondation Jean Jaures of France, AFP said.

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