Presidential Election: ELECAM takes steps to ensure transparency

Polling station found in military barracks and palaces of traditional rulers will be moved outside the fences.

The information was made public by the Chairman of the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon, ELECAM during a working dinner with heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations in Yaounde on Monday, 27th August 2018.

Enoh Abrams Egbe highlighted the importance of the working dinner which was intended to inform the diplomats of strides made and activities programmed to view of organizing credible elections on 7th October 2018.

Enow Abrams Egbe said, “All the military barracks are in fences. We will take the polling stations out of the fences and put tents for people to come and vote.” Besides military barracks, they are traditional chiefdoms especially in the northern part of the country. Most of traditional palaces are in fences. “We are going to get them out of the fences so that people can vote without any major problem”.

The coordinated of the United Nations systems in Cameroon, saluted ELECAM for the spirit of transparency. She said their worries were about security and measures taken to ensure that displaced persons will be able to vote.

They also highlighted the need to work together to encourage the participation of youths and women in the current electoral process and those in the future. The United Nations official called for peaceful elections.

Enoh Abrams Egbe indicated that the creating of polling centres in the North West and South West regions are amongst measures to ensure that voting takes places in the two regions despite the security concerns.

The Director General of Elections, Erik Essousse detailed out the level of material preparations noting that some 6.5 million registered voters are expected to vote nationwide and about 90 percent of voter cards have already been collected from ELECAM branches.

The printing of ballot papers is almost complete at SOPECAM. The first part of election materials have already been dispatched to the field while the remaining voting material will be on the field by 15th September 2018.

At the end of the meeting, the chairman of the Electoral Board of ELECAM announced the holding of a national consultation forum of stakeholders of the electoral process in Yaoundé on 6th September 2018.

Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

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