FAQ

23. I was not able to enroll during the standard period for the revision of electoral registers. Is it possible for me to catch up?

Why not? The following persons may be entered on the electoral register outside revision periods, without any residence requirements and where such changes lead to a change of residence: Civil Servants and State employees who have been either transferred or placed on retirement after the closing date for registration, as well as any members of their families who are living with them on the date of such transfer or retirement; Servicemen who have been demobilised after the expiry of the time limit for registration.

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22. What if this petition is rejected?

Where such petition is rejected, the concerned may file an appeal to the Court of Appeal with territorial jurisdiction over Elections Cameroon, which then gives a final ruling, free of charge and with no particular procedure, within 5 (five) days of the filing of the appeal.

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21. In case, despite all these precautions, there are still errors or omission of its militants, how can a political apply for the situation to be redressed?

Any political party, elector, representative of a political party or candidate may petition the Electoral Board for any case in particular of omission, error or multiple entry of an elector on the national electoral register.

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20. What actually happens during the revision of electoral registers?

During the period of revision, the following persons may be entered on the electoral register: citizens who meet the conditions laid down by law and those who whose names were previously omitted. Conversely, the following are deleted from the electoral register: - deceased persons; - persons ordered to be struck off the register by the competent judicial authority; - persons who no longer meet the conditions laid down by law; - persons found to have been wrongfully registered.

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19. For how long do electoral registers stay open?

Electoral registers are permanent. They are revised every year throughout the national territory. The Director General of Elections Cameroon may, after obtaining the assent of the Electoral Board, order by decision, a thorough recompilation of the registers at the time of revision. However, annual revision or, where applicable, the recompilation of electoral registers is suspended from the date of convening the electors. In case of recompilation (see glossary), the Director General of Elections may also extend this period by no more than 3 (three) months.

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18. Can I enrol on several electoral registers at the same time?

No, nobody is allowed to enrol on more than one electoral register or several times on the same register. Where an elector has enrolled several times on the same register, only one enrolment will be retained. The other enrolments are automatically deleted, and only the last enrolment is taken into account, except decided otherwise by the elector.

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17. What personal information features in the electoral register on which I am enrolled?

The electoral register contains your full name, date and place of birth, occupation, domicile or residence.

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16. Will I be given my voter’s card immediately after I enrol on an electoral register?

No, a receipt is issued to every newly enrolled elector bearing the date, place and enrolment number. This receipt may only serve within the frame of petitions relating to voter registration operations. Under no circumstance can it replace the voter’s card.

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15. I showed up for enrolment on an electoral register, but I was sent away by the ELECAM employee conducting the enrolment. Do they have the right to do so?

No, enrolment on an electoral register is a right. Any refusal to enrol an elector must be justified and notified to the concerned. Such refusal may be petitioned or challenged before the divisional supervisory commission or the Electoral Board, as the case may be.

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14. Can the commission empower one of its member to singlehandedly carry out its work?

Of course, the work of the commission may be validly carried out by a single member, provided that all the other members are kept informed of such work prior to its completion. At the end of its proceedings, the voter register revision commission draws up a report, signed by the Chairperson and commissioners.

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