NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS ELECTORAL CODE

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16/04/2012

THE NEW ELECTORAL CODE FOR CAMEROON HAS BEEN ADOPTED.

At the end of the extra-ordinary session of the National Assembly, some amendments were made on the code table by government.

Some of theses amendments include;

Cautions for different elections in the country.

The non-refundable deposit required to run for elective posts.

Accordingly, deposit for candidates for presidential elections is 30 million CFA F

Parliamentary elections is 3 million and to become a municipal councillor, a deposit of 50.000 CFAF is required.

The electoral law equally spells out the roles of the General Directorate of Elections and the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon.

The new single electoral code has been described by some political actors as a landmark document that will henceforth guide future elections in the country. Others however see the code as a document tailored to favour some people’s stay in power.

MPs of the opposition SDF and CDU parties did not take part in the adoption. They staged a walkout from the National Assembly after failing to pass across some amendments to the bill.

House speaker Cavaye Yeguie Djibril during the plenary argued that the electoral law reflects government’s desire to foster democracy.

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