Friday, July 12, 2013

Prominent opposition party leaders boycott ELECAM-Stakeholders consultation forum

Dr. Samuel Fokam Azu'u
According to section 11(2) of the electoral code, the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) shall hold consultations with the Administration, the judiciary, political parties and where necessary, civil society within the framework of the management of the electoral process.
In respect of this electoral provision, the elections and referenda governing institution summoned the fourth consultation forum in Yaounde on Thursday July 11 ahead of the September 30 municipal and legislative elections.
The forum that took place under the theme “Evaluation of the biometric recompilation of voter’s registers and preparations for the legislative and municipal elections” was attended by the administration, judiciary, legalized political parties and invited civil society organizations amongst others.
However, unlike was the case with the previous forum, prominent opposition political party leaders were conspicuously absent from the fourth consultation forum.
The forum was holding at a critical moment in the electoral process, considering that political parties willing to take part in the elections are currently nominating their candidates.
ELECAM is finalizing the printing and championing the distribution of voter cards, intensifying material preparation.
Speaking at the forum, the president of the Electoral Board of ELECAM, Dr. Samuel Fonkam Azu’u called on participants to encouraged Cameroonians who registered ahead of the September 30 twin elections to go and collect their voters’ cards.

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