Members of the Electoral Council convene in Yaoundé this Wednesday February 1, 2023 to begin the scrutiny of files deposited by political parties for the March 12, 2023 election.
As per the Electoral Code, the files are forwarded to the electoral council forty eight hours after reception for continuance of the process of scrutiny.
Details the Council will be Looking Out for
The Electoral Council’s job will be that to ensure the files submitted are in conformity with the electoral code.
They will have to verify that each file contains the different documents requested for submission and whether they are authentic and signed by legal authority.
As per Section 220 of the code, Candidates for the office of Senator, as well as the personalities appointed to the said office must have reached the age of 40 by the date of election or appointment.
The candidate must be of Cameroonian nationality and must provide evidence of effective residence in the territory of the Region concerned.
Other electoral code section to draw guideline from is 221, 156 to 163.
It states that any Cameroonian citizen, of either sex who enjoys the right to vote and is entered on electoral registers, is aged 40 years at the date of the election and can read and write English or French can be nominated as a candidate for election to the Senate.
Any foreigner who has acquired Cameroonian nationality by way of naturalization shall be eligible only after a prescription period of 10 (ten) years, with effect from the date of acquisition of such nationality.
Section 158 prescribes that no person shall be eligible for election where, by virtue of his own act, he has placed himself in a position of dependency on an alien, a foreign organization, power or State or is an intelligence agent thereof.
On application of the relevant government service or any interested person, such ineligibility shall be established by the Constitutional Council within (03) three days of its seizure.
Section 159 also indicates that persons serving in defense and territorial security services, especially in the security and police forces, and members of the armed forces and the like shall likewise be ineligible and may not stand for election to the Senate during the discharge of their duties and during the 6 months following the termination of their service by resignation, dismissal, transfer or by any other manner.
These will be some of the articles of the electoral code the members of the electoral council will be guided on while scrutinizing files of the senatorial election candidates.
The results of their findings will be published on February 12, 2023.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie