INCLUSIVE ELECTORAL PROCESS: ELECAM’S EXAMPLE

On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, at the Conference Hall of ELECAM’s headquarters in Bastos, the Chairperson of the Electoral Board granted audience to a Senegalese delegation. The aim of the meeting was to share experiences on Cameroon’s good practices with regard to policies in the area of inclusion and consideration of minorities within the framework of the electoral process.

The Senegalese delegation led by Mrs. Yetna FALL President of Sightsavers Senegal was composed of the representative of the Senegalese Ministry of Interior and Decentralisation, the representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission and influential members of the Senegalese civil society. On the camp of Elections Cameroon were the Chairperson of the Electoral Board, ENOW Abrams EGBE whose delegation was composed of the Director General of Elections, Erik ESSOUSSE, two members of the Electoral Board and several collaborators. The exchange that focussed on sharing experiences in gender mainstreaming and consideration of minorities in the electoral process lasted more than one hour and thirty minutes. The exchange ended with an exhibition of electoral materials and documents used in polling stations during the last 7 October 2018 presidential election. Reacting, the head of mission on behalf of the delegation said she was impressed with Cameroon's good practices in the electoral process, consideration of gender and minorities as well as inclusion policies.

She intends to put these ideas to practice in her country, Senegal, in order to improve policies on inclusion and consideration of minorities in the electoral process.