Need To Redouble Efforts

Five days to the end of campaign for the election of Regional Councillors slated for Sunday, December 6, 2020, the various actors in the electoral process need to redouble efforts to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible election in which the results are accepted by stakeholders.

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All the actors ranging from the elections institution, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), political parties that have filed candidates in the various constituencies in quest for Regional Councillors, traditional rulers who are candidates and electors, the administration  and observers must fine-tune their efforts within the five days to the election. 

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Candidates have to evaluate the effectiveness of their campaign strategies within the first week of campaign, correct lapses and go back to the drawing board and inject innovative strategies in order to woo electors. Traditional rulers, especially in constituencies where many lists are in competition have to adopt cajoling campaign strategies to woo their peers who are not yet decided on the lists to vote for.

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Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) has to once more prove its credibility through the proper organisation of the electoral process. The Chairperson of the ELECAM Electoral Board, Enow Abrams Egbe and the Director General of Elections, Erik Essoussè in different declarations have assured of the preparedness of ELECAM to ensure a successful poll. The declarations have to be translated into concrete reality through the proper training of ELECAM officials to handle the different aspects of the election. ELECAM also has to ensure that all the electoral material is in place, the various commissions set up and officials trained,  as well as a perfect synergy with other local stakeholders.

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The administration whose mission is liaising with the electoral body through the Ministry of Territorial Administration has to redouble efforts to effectively play its support role. The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji  announced since last week the start of payment of the first instalment of the public funds destined to finance campaigns. In previous elections, many candidates and political parties complained that they did not receive the public funding. Such allegations have to be verified and if true corrected now to ensure that candidates in the election of Regional Councillors have a level playing ground. Security of candidates, staff,  electors and electoral material  is equally one of the key responsibilities of the administration. As such, local administrative officials have to implement the recommendations and instructions handed down to them during the November 2020 session of the Regional Governors’ Conference that was chaired by the Minister of Territorial Administration. The intervention of the administration range from securing the electoral materials starting from the transportation to the final usage phase, securing staff and electors, especially in the security crisis-ridden North West and South West Regions  and ensuring that campaigns have no security hitches.

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Election Observers on their part, have to obtain the required accreditation and also be trained on the electoral process  for them to work well.

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