Civil Status System: Palpable Innovations In Progress

Following the 2011 law that amended the 1981 ordinance to organise the civil status registration, special centres have been transformed to secondary civil registration centres.

Apart from the transformation of the hitherto “Special Civil Registration Centre,” to “Secondary Civil Registration Centres,” as per the May 6, 2011 Law enacted by the President of the Republic amending the 1981 Ordinance, other innovations envisaged in the rehabilitation programme have started as CT observed in some civil status registration centres visited yesterday February 27, 2017 in Yaounde.  

Be it in the Kulpka, Nfonalen secondary civil status centres in the Yaounde VI subdivision or in Nsimeyong III Secondary Civil Registration Centre, the trend is the same. According to a Civil Status Secretary in Kulpka, Mathieu Meva’a, each centre now has a specific serial number. He added that henceforth, three registers are used for each civil status document (birth, marriage and death certificates); one for the local council in charge, one for the court of the jurisdiction and the other to the National Civil Status Office (known in by its French acronym as BUNEC). National Identity cards numbers of parents in case of birth certificates and for couples in the event of marriage certificates as well as nationality have also been included in the documents which time frame as also passed from 30 to 90 days. These innovations notwithstanding, some challenges abound notably the statutes of civil status registration centre personnel who hopes for a wage from the government. The construction and equipment of secondary civil status registration centres as provided by the rehabilitation programme is another challenge that must be surmounted.

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