Cameroon: Understanding Recompilation of Electoral Register

All political stakeholders have to mobilise for fresh voters’ registration.

The Electoral Board of Cameroon’s elections governing institution, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) during its extraordinary session of February 7, 2012 decided that electoral register has to be recompiled ahead of the upcoming parliamentary and council elections this year. The decision signals an automatic stop to the revision of the voters’ registers started on January 5, 2012 and the start of fresh registration for the 2012 and future elections in Cameroon.

Who is concerned?

The recompilation of the electoral register concerns all potential voters in the country who have attained the voting age of 20. People who registered and voted in the October 9, 2011 presidential election will have to register afresh because the previous registration is henceforth null and void. Consequently, the former register of electors is no longer valid as well as the voters’ cards issued during the said election.

Who does the recompilation?

The recompilation of the register of electors is carried out by Elections Cameroon (ELECAM). Section 36 paragraph 2 of the law N° 2011/002 of 06 May 2011 to amend and supplement certain provisions of law N° 92-10 of 17 September 1992 to lay down conditions governing the vacancy of and election to the Presidency of the Republic provides that, “The Director-General of Elections may, upon the favourable opinion of the Electoral Board, through a decision, order a thorough recompilation of the registers at the time of annual revision.” Registration will have to take place at ELECAM Council branch offices nationwide and also at mobile Joint Voters Registration Commissions.

When does the exercise begin?

The Director-General of Elections in ELECAM will spell out the modalities of the exercise stating when it will begin and end. However, the law states that registration for elections stops immediately the President of the Republic calls voters to the polls.

Who does what?

Political parties, the civil society and other actors in the electoral process have to start immediate education and mobilisation of potential voters to enrol on time in the registers when they will be opened. Government and other donors have to provide the necessary means, while ELECAM has to remobilise its staff for the success of the recompilation exercise.

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