Cameroon to hold first regional polls in December

Aljazeera | Elections in 10 regions including restive Anglophone areas to put in place councils provided for in 1996 constitution

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has announced the country’s first regional elections in December, including in English-speaking provinces where years of fighting between the government and separatists have cost some 3,000 lives.

Biya, who has been in power since 1982, signed a decree on Monday authorising the indirect elections on December 6 in the country’s 10 regions, including in the restive North-West and South-West provinces.

The polls will put in place councils provided for in a 1996 constitution in a move towards decentralisation but not yet implemented.

The regions will elect 90 councillors, who will have limited powers on local issues. Twenty of them will be representatives of traditional chieftains.

The two Anglophone regions are home to a large minority of English speakers in a country where French speakers are the overwhelming majority – a situation that is the legacy of the decolonisation of western Africa by France and Britain more than 60 years ago.

In late 2016, long-standing complaints of political and economic discrimination against English speakers by the central government spilled over when lawyers, students and teachers began calling for reforms.

The government’s lethal response to the protests provoked rebels to declare in 2017 independence for a region they call “Ambazonia”, triggering a stronger crackdown by the authorities. Both sides have since been accused of committing atrocities in a conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

Biya, 87, has promised the two regions a special status in a bid to quell the unrest.

John Fru Ndi, leader of a key opposition party, has said he will boycott the election unless there is a ceasefire first in the English-speaking regions.

The 1996 constitution limited presidents to two seven-year terms but Biya’s party scrapped the term limits in 2008, allowing him to run again and extend his rule.

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6 comments

  1. What is the use of electoons?

    • @Bah absolutely non. Just a waste of scarce resources.

    • @BAH:- Elections keep a democratic country functioning, as they give people the right to select their own government. When u come out with a full stomach living on bread and sardine for so many years under the dictatorship of a half death brainless president, it is hard for you to understand..Your question is a prove that you have never learned to question your leadres…
      why is it that majority of the worlds longest despots are in Central Africa..
      Cameroon, Congo, Chad , And the Gabon family (father and son) are the longest ruling despots in the world..Have a look at the countries and the economic development..
      Just the way you think is a result of despotic rukle..no brain but a large stomach to eat , sleep, dance and praise the president to die in power ..SHAMELESS AFRICANS LIKE U,,,

  2. No colonial elections in Ambazonia.

  3. RUBBISH, TOTAL RUBBISH!!!!!

    Why???????????????????????????????

    becauseDictator Biya is still daydreamingthat his military could force his so-called SPECIAL STATUS down thethroats of Southern Cameroonians.
    He will surely experience a rude awakening.
    Unfortunately, the wicked BULU Dictator has already opened a pandora box he can no longer close.

    Conclusion

    A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
    It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.
    Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.

    GOD IS INDEED GREAT

  4. Elections keep a democratic country functioning, as they give people the right to select their own government.
    Free and fair elections are the foundation of every healthy democracy, ensuring that government authority derives from the will of the people. But to have confidence that their elections are truly free and fair, voters need to be assured of more than just a well-managed day of polling..
    In Cameroon people like BAH will take bread and sardine and beer to get voices of the people…

    Even a man with a half brain knows that cameroon is a country where all sorts of odds are practiced..
    – Tribalism..
    – Marginalization- the old death man said himself that they tried to assimilate the anglophones but it failed..
    – Highest corruption..
    -No freedom of innovation..
    – only govt ,Biya are God

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