Legislative By-election : Production of Ballot Papers Progresses

Since Friday, March 6, 2020, the Production Department of the Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation (SOPECAM) is turning full cycle with the production of ballot papers and campaign ballots of the by-election of Members of Parliament President Paul Biya convened for March 22, 2020 in 11 constituencies.

The Service Head for Printing in the Department of Production, Victor Naibi Makembe told Cameroon Tribune that all the campaign ballot papers were produced by Saturday, March 7, 2020 and handed over to Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), the next day, Sunday, March 8, 2020. By midday, on Monday, March 9, 2020, the printing of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) ballot papers was going on. The Service Head for Printing disclosed that the ballot papers of three political parties, BRIC, PDC, OPDC had already been printed. The counting and parking operations were busy taking place. Printing of the SDF and UDP ballot papers were to follow. In all, Victor Naibi Makembe said that they have 10 days to print and hand all the materials and they are determined and certain to finish the work before the deadline.

In President Paul Biya’s decree No.2020/120 of 6 March 2020 to convene the electorate of some electoral constituencies to elect Members of Parliament, 11 constituencies are concerned in the Sunday, March 22, 2020 election.  For the North West Region, there are 10 constituencies that include: Menchum North, Bui West, Mezam South, Bui Centre, Bui South, Mezam Centre, Momo East, Menchum South, Momo West and Mezam North.  The lone constituency concerned with the by-election in the South West Region is Lebialem.

The convening of the electorate for the by-election follows Decision No. 29/SRCER/G/20 of 25 February 2020 taken by the Constitutional Council to cancel the election of Members of Parliament in the 11 constituencies.

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