The Commission in charge of reception and transmission of nomination papers for the candidates aspiring to run for the February 9, 2020 municipal and legislative elections is working tooth and nail at the Directorate General of Elections at Elections Cameroon to submit all the nomination papers to the Electoral Board by Friday, November 29, 2019.
The commission was created by the Director General of Elections, Erick Essousse alongside 13 other commissions to carry out the entire electoral process. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, there was a studious calm in the commission hall as members concentrated in verifying nomination papers submitted at the Directorate General of Elections and those transmitted by council branches of ELECAM for municipal election and divisional delegations of ELECAM for the legislative election. Access to the commission room was forbidden to non-members and members also refused to talk to press. Their daunting mission consists of receiving the nomination papers, cross-checking the files to ensure that they are complete and finally to forward the nomination papers of the Electoral Board of ELECAM. Section 126 of the Electoral Code provides that the “Electoral Board shall draw up and publish the lists of candidates at least 60 days before the date of the poll.” The commission is also empowered to prepare correspondences for notification in case of files to be rejected.
Other commissions are also at work at the Directorate General of Elections. To ensure an optimal media coverage of the elections, a press room equipped with the various communication gadgets has been prepared that can receive journalists at all times.
The heartbeat of the twin municipal and legislative elections of February 9, 2019 is therefore at the Directorate General of Elections of ELECAM. This is because the work of the commission is determinant in order to know the candidates finally retained to run for the two elections.