Presidential Elections 2018. ELECAM Scrutinizes Candidacy Files

After the deadline to deposit files for the 2018 Presidential Election at the general directorate of ELECAM, it is now time for the board members to scrutinize the files according to the electoral code.

Emmanuel NGOTA

The members of the electoral board of ELECAM under the chair of Enow Abrahams Egbe have started scrutinizing the candidacy files of candidates who aspire to run for the 2018 presidential elections come the 7th of October. The scrutiny exercise took off last July 20, 2018 at the general directorate of ELECAM in Yaounde and its branches wherein 28 candidates deposited their files.

According to ELECAM’s president Enow Abraham Egbe news are circulating on media networks stating that the electoral board has already retained 11 candidates and have rejected 17. The ELECAM boss declared that the information is erroneous as the board is working in serenity in its general directorate.

In this light, Enow Abraham Egbe called for patience to be exercised in accordance with section 126 of the electoral code which clearly states that “within no less than 60 days to the date of the poll, the electoral board shall draw up and publish the list of aspiring candidates. It shall forthwith notify the constitutional council of such list of candidates”

Drawing inspiration from the electoral code section 125 (1) clearly states that “ may accept or reject a candidacy in case of rejection, the board shall notify the person concerned of the reason to reject his or candidacy. A copy of the said decision shall be forwarded to the constitutional council. On its part section 125 (3) stipulates that the decision to reject a candidacy or to publish candidacies may be appealed against before the constitutional council.

For the files to be completed, the candidates were supposed to deposit the following; receipt of payment of a 30 million cfa francs caution, signatures of 300 dignitaries for independent candidates and those who were invested by political parties that do not have elected representatives.

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