Incumbent, President Paul Biya is tipped favourite among eight other candidates who are contesting for the country’s top job. The independent elections management body, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) published the list of candidates retained on August 7, following an ordinary session of the Board chaired by Enow Abrams Egbe.
Incumbent President Paul Biya is among the nine (9) candidates retained by Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) for the October 7 Presidential poll. Paul Biya, who has competed for the top job seven times is tipped favourite following opinion polls conducted some months back by independent bodies. Judging from the famous and nationwide calls for his candidacy even from over 20 opposition political parties, the candidate of the governing Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) is by all standards favourite among the eight others. His wealth of experience in the management of State affairs and the current socio-political and economic environment of the country places him on top of the chart.
The President of the Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) Electoral Board, Enow Abrams Egbe published the list of those retained for the race during an ordinary Board session as of right at the Yaounde Sports Complex on August 7. Other aspirants retained in the list includes Garga Haman Adji of the ADD party, Maurice Kamto of CRM, Joshua Osih of the opposition leader SDF party, Adamou Ndam Njoya of CDU, Cabral Libii of UNIVERS party, Akere Muna of PDF, Matomba Serge Espoir of PURS and Ndifor Afanwi Franckline of CNCM party.
Out of the 28 nomination papers that ELECAM received, 27 seven were examined as was indicated by the Board Chair while reading the Press Release in the two official languages during the Board meeting. One of the aspirants, Isaac Feuzeu of MERCI party officially wrote to ELECAM to withdraw his file as Enow Egbe indicated. It should be recalled that Isaac Feuzeu is part of the 20 political parties (what is today known as G20) that is backing President Paul Biya’s candidacy.
ELECAM said 18 nomination files were rejected for non-respect of legal provisions contained in the 2012 law relating to the Electoral Code. It is also worth mentioning that no woman among the two who submitted nomination files was retained in the final list. The candidates whose files were rejected have two days to seize the Constitutional Council for an appeal.
With the publication of the list, the wheels to the October 7, is now turning even faster and candidates especially those on the starting block should be finalising strategies to win electors. So far, some of the candidates like Maurice Kamto, Akere Muna, and Cabral Libii amongst others have been in the field mobilising ahead of the real campaigns that will start two weeks to polling day as prescribed by law.
The governing CPDM party, the only political party in the country that has well organised structures in all the 360 local councils in the country has constantly been in the field to mobilise not only supporters but also financial resources in order to carry out hitch free campaigns.