Yaounde, Cameroon Africa. (Cameroon News) – The third ordinary congress of President Paul Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), will take place on September 15 and 16, 2011 in Yaounde during which the party’s candidate for the presidential election will be designated.
President Paul Biya, outgoing National Chairman of the CPDM announced the congress in Yaounde on Friday, August 26, 2011, created the various organizing commissions and appointed its members.
The Secretary General of the CPDM Central Committee, Minister Rene Sadi in a recent press release said the party’s third ordinary congress was to take place before the 2011 presidential election.
“The Congress shall define the general programme and political, economic, social and cultural orientations of the party”, Article 18 of the CPDM Constitution states.
“The Congress shall elect; the National Chairman of the Party, members of the Central Committee on the basis of the list system, and the alternate members of the Central Committee”, Article 19 of the party constitution further states.
The CPDM ordinary congress comes at a critical moment in the life of the Cameroon considering the 2011 presidential election. “The National Chairman of the CPDM shall be the party’s candidate for presidential elections”, paragraph three of Article 27 of the CPDM constitution specifies.
Members and supporters of the CPDM both in Cameroon and in the Diaspora have through motions of support and encouragement, been calling of President Paul Biya to stand as their natural candidate for the presidential election.
Their calls referring to Mr Biya as the natural candidate are based on the argument that as the CPDM Chairman, he is automatically the party’s presidential candidate.
The outcome of the election during the September 15 and 16 CPDM ordinary congress will serve as an occasion for the party supporters to decide whether Paul Biya, the founder of the party will still continue at its helm.
Should Mr Biya accept to stand for the post of party chairman, then he will indirectly be responding positively to the calls for him to stand as the people’s presidential candidate.