The electoral code and the constituition stitpute that he President elect takes the oath of office not more than 15 days after the proclamation of results results by the Constitutional Council.
The results of the 7th October 2018 presidential election were proclaimed on 22nd October 2018.
According to Section 140 of the Electoral Code, the elected President of the Republic takes office as soon as he takes his oath.
The President elect takes the oath infront of the National Assemble during a solemn session attended by Members of Parliament, Senators, members of the Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court.
Taking the oath
The historic moment in the life of the Republic is when the Speaker of the National Assembly receives the oath after a short speech. This speech ends as follows:
“Mr. President of the Republic, do you pledge on your honor to fulfill faithfully the functions which the people have entrusted to you. And, do you solemnly swear before God and men to dedicate all your forces to defend … the integrity and independence of the Cameroonian homeland? “.
Then, the elected president, standing up, with his right hand raised, facing the members of Parliament (…), makes the commitment by answering “I do so swear”.
Authentifying the oath
Section 141 of the Electoral Code stresses that the oath of office is drawn up five authentic originals. All signed by the Speaker of the National Assembly and co-signed by the presidents of the Senate, the Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court.
One of the originals remains at the General Secretariat of the National Assembly. Then, three others kept at the archives in the Senate, the Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court. Finally, a copy is given to the President of the Republic.
After the oath taking, the President of the Republic will address the nation. He will subsequently review the troops before he is convened to the State House (Unity Palace) by a motorcade reversed only for the Head of State.
The as the date for the oath taking draws nearer, Cameroonians look up with up to the special moment that will kick start another seven year mandate for President Paul Biya.