During a press briefing in Yaounde on September 21, 2020, the Minister of Communication, Government Spokesman, René Emmanuel SADI said the Government considers that the CRM political party has voluntarily put itself outside the political game by abstaining from participating in two elections, and which, moreover, cannot claim any representation within the republican institutions, cannot grant itself the right or the legitimacy vested in the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, alone, to determine the national political agenda.
He noted that many previous elections were organized on the basis of the Electoral Code in force, the context being similar in the North-West and South-West Regions, as well as the Far
North of the country.
He said that the Government considers that the absence of a political party from an election can, under no circumstances, be an obstacle to the organization of
the ballot or a reason to invalidate its results.
For the Government of the Republic, the announced unauthorized march of September 22, 2020 is actually
just another attempt to defy public authorities, to undermine public order, and the desperate expression of a will to exist or to survive, of a sinking political party, victim of both its contradictions and its misguidance.
The Minister reminded political parties that power is conferred through universal suffrage, and therefore through the ballot box and not in the street.
Condemnation Of The Calls
Th Government strongly deplores and unreservedly condemns these recurrent provocative and destabilizing maneuvers
including the illegal march by politicians who have worked tirelessly to develop a culture of hatred and permanent conflict. It condemns plans to jeopardize
order and peace, by persisting in absurd demands and unjustified and counterproductive intransigence.
The Minister of Communication, Government Spokesman told journalists that leaders of the MRC are ignoring the current challenges facing citizens, including the coronavirus pandemic, the continuing Boko Haram threat or the forthcoming back-to-school.
Role Of Political Parties
According to the Constitution, the role of political parties is not an option but an obligation: one that is constructive and which does not promote the sowing of discord or dogma, but to contribute to the expression of suffrage, while respecting the principles of democracy, sovereignty and national unity.
Context of Regional Elections
The regional election is a crucial step in furthering the implementation of decentralization which is a constitutional requirement.
It is also a landmark in the democratic progress of Cameroon, as it will finalize the establishment of the institutional apparatus of the Nation. René Emmanuel SADI explained.
Government’s Appeal To Cameroonians
The Government of the Republic has appealed to the maturity, the sense of responsibility and civic-mindedness of the Cameroonian people who, for the vast majority have never allowed themselves to be misguided by
unscrupulous politicians who are more concerned and blinded by their outrageous selfish ambitions than by
the stakes and interests of the people and the Nation as a whole.
The Government, also exhorted Cameroonian men and women at home and abroad not to heed the thoughtless and senseless calls for uprising, and to thwart, as usual, destabilization maneuvers wherever they come from and to go about their daily activities in all serenity.
The Government of the Republic, reaffirmed that the Cameroonian people is peace-loving, that Cameroon is a Rule of law, where freedoms and public demonstrations are governed by specific legislations, and that every effort is made to ensure that the law shall always prevail.