An election observer team has recommended that Cameroon, in future, introduces early elections for its security officers.
The team comprising members from the Pan African Parliament and the African Union Commission observed the country’s election held on September 30, 2013.
Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo district), the Leader of Uganda’s delegation to PAP was part of the team. Her team observed elections in the North West Region, one of the only two dominant English speaking regions in Cameroon.
The team recommended that “ELECAM (Cameroon’s Elections Management Body) should introduce early voting for security officers on election duties and polling staff to ensure they are not disfranchised and avoid the crises of soldiers voting outside their residential areas.”
The team also recommended that the provision in the Electoral Code for the consultation of stakeholders in the appointment of the ELECAM Board and staff be respected to ensure that ELECAM continues to enjoy the respect and confidence of all the political parties.
The team observed that ELECAM was well prepared for the elections in the constituency and that their training, deployment of staff and distribution of materials went according to plan.
The team also noted that there was a cordial relationship between the parties especially during the joint training of the polling station Commission Members and on polling day. It also reported that political parties campaigned freely without any incidence of violence or intimidation.
In addition, the team recommended the introduction of single ballots, arguing that multi ballots are “expensive, wasteful and confusing for the electorate.”