Yaounde, Cameroon Africa. (Cameroon News) – Cameroon’s elections and referenda managing institution, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), will do biometric registration for the upcoming council and legislative elections in the country.
“The reason for taking the decision rather belated is because we wanted to get the assurances from the government that there will be money to fund the exercise”, the Chairman of ELECAM, Dr Fonkam Azu’u Samuel said in Yaounde on February 21, 2012 in an interview to the government bilingual daily newspaper, Cameroon Tribune. He added that, “The Head of State instructed government to make available the means to ELECAM. We are sure the means will be made available.”
The Electoral Board members of Elections Cameroon embarked on a series of consultation meetings with elections stakeholders in the country that include political party leaders, civil society organizations and national and international development partners, who have been proposing different ways of ensuring a proper recompilation of the voters’ lists to ensure transparent and credible future elections.
Most of the leaders have proposed the biometric registration as a way of curbing fraud and double registration.
The Director General of Elections in ELECAM, will make public the programme for the recompilation of the register when the service provider for the biometric registration must have been selected, the materials bought and deployed to the field and staff trained, Dr Fonkam Azu’u specified.
The Electoral board of ELECAM during an extraordinary session early this month, decided that the electoral register has to be recompiled. Before that, the institution had embarked on the revision of the voters’ register as provided for by the law.Pin It