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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.

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Introduction

At the invitation of the Chairman of Elections Cameroon, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, constituted an Expert Team for the 2013 Cameroon Legislative and Municipal Elections. The Team was led by Irfan Abdool Rahman, Electoral Commissioner from Mauritius, who was joined by Judith Pestaina, Political Adviser from the Commonwealth of Dominica. The Expert Team was supported by a two-member staff team from the Commonwealth Secretariat (see Annex 1 for press release and Annex 2 for biographies of the Team).

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