Electoral Board reviews ELECAM’s quarterly performance.
This was the focus of the 3th ordinary session of ELECAM Board that took place at the institution’s head office in Yaounde yesterday.
The meeting was also an opportunity for members of the electoral board to assess the mid-term execution of the electoral body’s 2023 budge.
According to the Chairperson of the Electoral Board of ELECAM, Dr Enow Abrams Egbe, yesterday’s session was in line with article 74 paragraph two of the Electoral Code. The board chair also talked of campaigns to boost voter registration that ended last August 31.
Reviewing work done, he said, is setting the pace to boost ELECAM’s performance in the future and improve Cameroon’s democracy.
Dr Enow Abrams also saluted the recent inauguration of the institution’s North Regional office. He described the project’s realisation as the fruit of work done by the board last year that also gave the green light for other infrastructural projects that will soon see the light of day.
Revisiting some of the activities carried out by ELECAM, Dr Enow Abrams noted that as part of its cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation, the institution recently took part in the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Summit. The summit took place in St. Petersburg.
He saluted the board members for their commitment to deliver on the assignment entrusted to them by the State. He reminded members of their role in building, enhancing and sustaining the democratic vitality of the nation.
On the revision of the electoral register, he said “…despite some persistent technical and security difficulties inherent to the general context and current operations, the commissions at work throughout the country were able to achieve 94% of their assigned objectives”.
Over 368,000 new potential voters
As at August 31 this year, he disclosed that, ELECAM had registered 368,119 new potential voters. The new voters, he detailed, included: 138,223 women, 255,742 youth and 444 persons living with disabilities.
This, he stated, brings the total number of potential voters on the electoral register to 7,523,184. Of this number, the Board Chairperson said young people and women account for 36.28% and 46.31% respectively.
Dr Enow Abrams also hailed the Director General of Elections at ELECAM, Dr Erik Essousse and his team for their brilliance and successes recorded.
The high level interest shown by all involved in the electoral process, he opined has demonstrated a remarkable degree of “patriotism, fervor and dynamism, which encourages us to push back our limits in terms of relevance, innovation and creativity, in favor of a truly inclusive participation in the electoral process”.
He also saluted other stakeholders in the electoral process for the support given ELECAM. The Board chairperson urged his peers and the entire ELECAM family to remain committed and continue to sensitise citizens to boost electoral participation.