ELECAM Announces Registration of Over 144.000 New Voters, Sets the Pace for 2025 Presidential Elections

This was disclosed on Thursday, 28th March, during the first ordinary session of the electoral board for 2024.

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As of tradition, members of the electoral board of ELECAM convened on March 28, 2024, for the first ordinary session of the year.

Top on the agenda of this first ordinary session for 2024, was the examination and adoption of the quarterly report: monitoring and evaluation of the strategic plan 2024/2025; the examination and approval of the 2023 administrative accounts as well as the management accounts; summary of the field trip reports of the board members from the 12th to 27th January 2024; examination and adoption of the terms of reference for members of the electoral board’s field trip to the diaspora from April 18 to 28, 2024 and that of regional branches scheduled from the 4th to the 19th of May 2024.

Speaking at the opening of the session, Enow Abrams Egbe, Chairperson of elections management body in Cameroon, kicked off with a satisfactory note.

He saluted the relentless efforts undertaken by Dr Erik Essousse, General Manager of ELECAM, and his collaborators to encourage and mobilize people to register massively on voters’ lists.

“From the documents and reports submitted by the Director General of Elections. It can be noticed that there have been great strides in the domain of voter registration during the first quarter. The figures as of today show a crescendo trend all over the national territory. We have thus far registered a total of 144.817 new electors, 90.124 for women. 101.848 for the youths and 129 for people with disability. I must commend the field teams for their great work and encourage them to keep this momentum.” Mr. Enow Abrams Egbe said.

In his address, the Chairperson of the elections management body, ELECAM said they have put in place some strategic moves for 2024 and the diaspora is one of their key targets.

A delegation of the electoral board is expected abroad from the 18 to the 28th of April 2024.

He said: “As part of our 2024 strategic priorities, we will soon be deployed to the diaspora to assess the ongoing voter registration. To that effect, a team of technicians will be dispatched in the coming weeks to all our diplomatic representations and consular offices. Their task will be to fix some of the faulty registration kits and conduct training for newly appointed focal points, with the view to ensuring the smooth continuation of voter registration. Permit me, to seize this opportunity to thank our fellow compatriots of the diaspora for their indulgence and republican restraint. I assure you that all issues are being addressed promptly and concurrently to enable every eligible citizen who wishes to register, to do so effectively and enroll on the electoral registers.”

As concerns institutional cooperation, Mr. Enow Abrams Egbe praised the collaboration that has been established with some key partners such as the Commonwealth, la Francophonie, and the African Union.

From the address of the Chairperson, it was equally disclosed that ELECAM has set the pace for hitch-free and fair elections in 2025. The organization is preparing in the weeks ahead the 2nd edition of regional platforms concertation with key actors of the electoral process at the decentralized level.

He seized the occasion to once more call members of the electoral board, and the staff of ELECAM to double efforts in order to positively achieve targeted objectives and all sorts of challenges.

Elise Kenimbeni

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