Preparations Heightening ahead of Oath Taking Ceremony

Speculations say the swearing in ceremony of the President elect, Paul Biya is slated to take place on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the National AssemblyEmmanuel NGOTA

The Yaounde Congress Centre will again host the November session of the senate on the 2nd as staff members are busily preparing the plenary opening. Everybody is busy as the secretaries are undertaking clerical services for adequate documentation. As concerns the preparatory activities, the house chamber is undergoing a face lift like the arrangement of   rooms in which committee meetings and conferences will be held for the session. In respect to broadcast transmission, screens have been installed at the senate since March so as to bring the session live to those who are not chanced to take part during the deliberation.

According to the press release issued by the senate president Marcel Niat Njifenji, stated that the third and last ordinary session for the legislative year 2018 will begin its opening plenary session at 4pm. Senators during the ordinary session will examine and adopt proposed state for the next fiscal year.

This session happens to be special in that will also during the deliberations will be the first budgetary session following their election into office on March 25, 2018. The session will also coincide with the swearing in of the president elect Paul Biya and senators are to take part during the ceremony. This is in respect to section 140(1) of the electoral code which states clearly that the president elect shall assume office once he or she takes the oath within no less than 15 days of the proclamation of results by the constitutional council.

The Senate was created in 1996 after an amendment to the constitution created the upper chamber. However, power to convene the Electoral College and call elections for the Senate remained with the President. President Paul Biya chose not to do so until he signed decree 2013/056 on 27 February 2013, which set 14 April as the election date.

The Senate has 100 seats, of which 70 are elected and 30 appointed by the President, with each region having 10 Senators. The elected seats are elected by the 10,636 members of the 360 municipal councils.

Elections to the Senate were held for the first time on 14 April 2013. Marcel Niat Njifenji was elected as President of the Senate on 12 June 2013. The President of the Senate is the constitutionally designated successor to the President of the Republic in case of a vacancy in the latter office.

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