Biya renews Elecam board’s mandate

The Head of state, Paul Biya has made public a decree he signed last December 30, 2012 renewing the mandate of the pioneer board members of the electoral board of Elections Cameroon, Elecam.

These 12 were appointed on December 30, 2008 and their mandate was due expiration end 2012 since it is a four year renewable term. The elections management body took off with 12 members in its electoral board. But after the October 09, 2011 presidential election, President Biya kept his promise to the Cameroonian people by effecting adjustments to render the board more effective. Thus he appointed 06 more, bringing the structure to 18 members.

Another decree made public this Tuesday January 08 in relation to Elecam is the appointment of Amadou Gourouja to replace sacked Pauline Biyong. He has a renewable four year mandate. These changes come at a time when the elections management body is experimenting voter registration with the use of biometric technology ahead of the upcoming elections. So far, it says it has already enrolled 2.5 million potential voters on the voters’ log and hope to raise the number to 05 million by February 28 when the exercise is supposed to end. It is the first time the technology is being tried in Cameroon. To ease the registration especially to the youths who just turned 20 (voting age) and face difficulties establishing national identity cards for themselves due to skimpy means, President Biya last December 31 in his year end address to the nation decreed the issuing of the document free for all Cameroonians beginning January 01, 2013.Reports at press time confirmed that the exercise was truly free and was going on hitch-free in police stations.

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