Yaounde, Cameroon Africa. (Cameroon News) – International Observers who monitored the October 9, 2011 presidential election in Cameroon in which 23 candidates contested, are generally satisfied with the conduct of the election.
“We observed the fact that the election was conducted peacefully and that people felt no form of intimidation to come out to vote,” the Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission, Fred Mitchell, said in the capital city, Yaounde on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 after discussions with Cameroon’s incumbent Head of State, Paul Biya.
He admitted that, “Although there were administrative and logistics problems, we believe that there was a value to establish Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) as an independent acting body”
The Head of the Francophonie Observer Mission, Pierre Buyoya in an interview in Yaounde said, the election globally took place in calm.
“The organization of elections is a long and difficult process, hence, there will always be improvements to make with regard to drawing up the list of electors, and work carried out by ELECAM Cameroon field staff,” Pierre Buyoya said.
Speaking to the press, the Head of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) International Observer Mission, Victor Manuel Neto Correia said they observed that the rate of abstention was high but the organization of the election was well prepared with electors directed to polling stations.
“Even if we must admit some problems, the election generally went on well,” he said.
The election was monitored by 8,350 observers, 77 of whom were from diplomatic missions represented in Cameroon, 451 from international organizations and foreign associations, while 7,822 were national observers.
Some of the observers recommend a single ballot paper in future elections.