ELECAM Reorganizes Polling Stations in North-West and South-West

The upheavals in the both regions have obliged the election management body to make special arrangements to accommodate voters.

Cynthia EFOPA

The 7th October 2018 presidential elections in Cameroon is holding in a context not like any one before in the country. A setting full of security challenges that warrants extra ordinary measures from all the stakeholders involved in the security, organization, supervision and management of elections.  Elections Cameroon has kick started the process of relocation of polling stations by moving them from turbulent zones to more peaceful areas. According to an interview granted by the Director General of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), Erik Essousse to the national daily, Cameroon Tribune, Elections Cameroon will not scale down or increase the number of polling stations in the North West and South West regions of the country but it will simply group polling stations to become polling centers so as to permit internally displaced persons who have registered on the electoral list to perform their civic duties where ever they are found.  This comes to wipe away the notion that ELECAM has reduced its polling station.

It is worth mentioning that the insecurity that looms in the both English-speaking regions has been the main cause of the readjustments of the polling stations. Erik Essousse maintained that all electoral procedures will be respected in the both regions like in the other eight regions as prescribed by the Cameroon Electoral code. The only peculiarity in the North West and South West regions will be that the population who have been displaced from their initial residence to other regions for fear of exactions perpetrated by terrorists will be permitted to cast their vote on condition that their names are on the electoral list. The delocalization process is already ongoing in the North West region and is to be completed before voting day. In the South West, the relocation is still to begin.

On its part, the government is resolutely determined to accompany the election governing body to accomplish its mission in all serenity by providing the maximum security needed before, during and after the presidential elections. This for sure can be deduced has been the main objective of the working visit held by the Minister of Territorial Administration in the regions and the Secretary of State to the Minister of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie. Internally displaced persons are therefore called to participate in this republican exercise that gives citizens the opportunity and responsibility to decide the faith of their country.

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