Yaounde, Cameroon Africa. (Cameroon News) – President Paul Biya of Cameroon says the lifting of the limitation to the presidential terms and the creation of the independent elections body, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) was to , “fully restore the sovereign people’s prerogative in choosing their leaders and in shaping their destiny”.
He spoke in Yaounde on September 15, 2011 as he officially opened the thirds ordinary congress of his ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM).
Mr Biya is the CPDM candidate in the October 9, 2011 presidential election in Cameroon. The National Assembly in 2008 voted a constitutional amendment lifting the limitation to presidential terms and it is on the strength of the amendment which was later on promulgated into law that he is standing for the October poll. His soon-to-expire term would have been the last on the seven-year term of office, had the constitution not been amended.
President Paul Biya, the National Chairman of the CPDM, told party supporters, observers, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of friendly foreign political parties and thousands of people gathered at the Yaounde Conference Centre for the CPDM congress that the establishment of ELECAM whose first test will be the conduct of the October 9 presidential poll, “is a milestone in the modernization of our electoral process”.
He said government services may lend support to ELECAM in the performance of its duties, and the judiciary may intervene in the early stages of the electoral process prior to any disputes. “ELECAM’s independence and neutrality, proper technical and practical organization of polling as well as the order and security of polling operations are guaranteed,” Mr Biya assured.
Responding to his political critics, President Biya said much has been achieved despite difficulties. “I will add, at the risk of upsetting expert armchair critics, at the risk of hurting prophets of doom, at the risk of disappointing idle talkers, and distressing chaos mongers that we can… better still, that we should, take pride in the achievements made under such difficult conditions, for the good of Cameroon and the Cameroonian people,” he said.Pin It