2018 Elections: ELECAM Fine-tunes Voters’ Registration Strategies

Different antennas across the country are working out captivating methods ahead of the operation which opens on January 2, and ends with the convening of the Electoral College.

Various Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) offices nationwide are wrapping up several mechanisms to get more registered voters on the electoral list once it will be re-opened on January 2, 2018. The diverse strategies which range from using classical and social media, partnering with political parties, custodians of tradition and mobilizations in public areas, are aimed at getting as many persons of voting age, especially women get involved in the political life of the nation.

Elecam branch offices on their part are developing proximity communication strategies targeting potential electors in the field. Going by the Centre Regional Delegate of ElECAM, Michèle Mekeme, whose region registered highest number of enlisted voters at the close of the last operation, various strategies have been used to get these persons.

According to her, in order to achieve positive results, registered voters are contacted by phone and urged to retrieve their cards, others work in collaboration with quarter heads to mobilize their subjects, radio announcements are done, officials are placed in strategic roundabouts on regular basis to sensitise and mobilize the population, the maximum use of their online platform to inform citizens amongst other tactics.

As 2017 comes to an end and in view of multiple elections in 2018, Section 50 of the Electoral Code stipulates that the preparation of electoral activities shall include drawing up and revising electoral registers as well as the issuance and distribution of voters’ cards.

It is therefore against this backdrop that the Director General of Elections, Abdoulaye Babalé in a press release of December 12, 2017 called on their concern parties to take action ahead of 2018. “As part of preparations aimed at revising electoral registers for the year 2018 and in accordance with provisions of Article 52 of the Electoral Code, the Director General of Elections is calling on sub-divisional offices, Mayors and leaders of political parties to forward to ElECAM Council Branches of their respective constituencies the names of their appointed representatives to sit in Commissions charged with the revision of electoral registers,” reads in part the release.

As at August 31, 2017, statistics from ElECAM revealed that a total of 403,069 newly registered voters comprising 243,915 men and 159,154 women were recorded. This puts to total the tentative record of the number of registered voters for future elections in the country as at the closure of the registration process for 2017 at over 6.5 million with over five million voters’ cards already distributed.

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