FAQ

. Is the vote count tally revealed to the public?

Yes, once counting is over, the results obtained in each polling station is proclaimed.

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. Are all the ballots taken out of the ballot box counted?

Not all. The result of counting does not take into ac-count: any ballot paper bearing any signs, marks or signature by which the elector may be identified; ballot papers in envelopes bearing signs of a similar nature or in envelopes other than those officially made available to electors; any ballot paper other than officially printed ballot papers. Ballot papers found in the ballot box without any envelope and envelopes found empty are likewise regarded as invalid and mentioned in the report. The counting sheets are then attached to the report.

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. In concrete terms, how is vote counting carried out?

The vote counting procedure is conducted as follows: the ballot box is opened and the number of envelopes contained therein checked; one of the scrutinisers takes the ballot paper out of each envelope, unfolds it and hands it to another scrutinizers who reads it aloud; the name of the candidate or list of candidates, or the choice “Yes” or “No” in case of referendum, appearing on the ballot paper is recorded by two scrutiniser’s on specially prepared counting sheets.

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. Who is generally in charge of the vote counting operation?

The vote counting procedure is carried out by members of the Local Polling Commission, assisted by appointed scrutinisers. The names of the appointed scrutiniser’s are mentioned in the report of each Local Polling Commission.

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. How are the votes counted?

The opening of the ballot box and envelopes and the counting of votes is carried out in the presence of the Head of the Council Branch of Elections Cameroon, or their representative and members of the Local Polling Commission.

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. There was some disturbances in one polling station, at the end of polls, and counting cannot be conducted safely. What should be done?

Where public peace so warrants, the Chairperson of the Local Polling Commission may seal the ballot box, under the supervision of members of the Local Polling Commission and the forces of law and order. The Chairperson may thereupon, accompanied by the members of the Commission, take the ballot box to the Council Branch of Elections Cameroon.

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. Am I allowed to stay back and watch the counting of votes, after voting?

Why not? Vote counting and tallying takes place in each polling station immediately after the actual end of voting, in the presence of voters who so desire, provided the hall can contain them without obstructing the counting operation.

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. I arrived at the polling station barely ten minutes after the closing of polls, I’m I allowed to vote?

Well, not really. No elector who arrives after the close of polls may be allowed to vote. However, any elector who, at the time of closing the polls is within the premises of the polling station or who has been waiting to enter the polling station may be allowed to vote. The report of the Commission must then mention the time when voting actually ended.

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. Who closes the poll?

Once the time set for the close of the poll is up, the Chairperson of the Local Polling Commission declares the close of the poll.

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. During voting, a candidate offered money to electors to induce them to vote for them. Is that normal?

Not at all. Whoever through gifts, generosity, favours, promise of public or private employment or any other specific benefits offered with the purpose of influencing the vote of one or several electors, obtains their vote, either directly or through a third party; whoever, directly or through a third party, accepts or requests from candidates the abovementioned gifts, generosity, favours or benefits, is liable to punishment as laid down in Section 123 of the Penal Code.

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