In a meeting with the association More Women in Politics, members of the Electoral Board reaffirmed to rigorously consider gender quota in the composition of lists by political parties.
According to the provisions specific to the election of Members of Parliament, every list presented to the elections management body, Elections Cameroon, (ELECAM) by the different political parties for the Senatorial election billed for March 25, 2018 must be gender-sensitive.
Section 151(3) of the Electoral Code clearly states, “Each list shall take into consideration the various sociological components of the constituency concerned. It shall also take into consideration gender aspects.” By that, ELECAM has the legal authority to reject any list which does not have both male and female candidates.
It is therefore against this backdrop that the National Coordinator of the network More Women in Politics, Prof. Justine Diffo, together with civil society activists, youths and traditional authorities on February 21, 2018 had a working session with some members of the Electoral Board on the meticulous respect of the law during the scrutiny of lists tabled for the senatorial election.
They also used the opportunity to map out strategies that will encourage the participation of women in different future elections that the country will organise. Given that an exact quota of gender percentage is not stated in the Code, Prof. Justine Diffo through the initiative “Women in Democracy” is advocating a decree on the application modalities of the gender approach clause.
The proposed document which was submitted at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation in 2016 was equally handed to the Chairman of the Electoral Board, Enow Abrams in the course of the meeting.
A national workshop and a mobile caravan across major cities in the country will be organised next month with the sensitization of women on engaging in political affairs as its objective .