Cameroon Legislative and Municipal Elections, 30 September 2013

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The report of the Commonwealth Expert Team for Cameroon’s Legislative and Municipal Elections, held 30 September 2013. The Team was chaired by Mr Irfan Abdool Rahman, Electoral Commissioner of Mauritius and Electoral Commissioner and was comprised of two experts in total.

The Commonwealth Expert Team found that the election campaign and polling day were largely peaceful, with commendable efforts made to meet the benchmarks for democratic elections.

The new biometric registration marked a substantial improvement in the transparency and credibility of the electoral process. There remain some shortcomings in relation to the distribution and collection of biometric voters’ cards which need to be addressed for future elections.



Constitutional and Legal Framework for Elections

The legal framework governing the legislative and municipal elections is Law No. 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 relating to the Electoral Code, some provisions of which were amended by Law No 2012/017 of 21 December 2012. There is now a unified electoral code which lays down provisions governing the election of members of the National Assembly and municipal councillors. The new framework makes for a more transparent electoral process and provides for a central role for ELECAM in the organisation and supervision of elections.


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