FAQ

What time is at the disposal of the Constitutional Council to rule on candidates’ petitions?

The Constitutional Council has a maximum of ten (10) days following the tabling of petitions to render its verdict. (Section 131)

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Can candidates for the National Assembly whose candidacy files are rejected by the Electoral Board lodge an appeal?

Section 129 of the Electoral Code provides that, in case the Electoral Board rejects a candidacy file, the candidate may petition the Constitutional Council within two (2) days following the publication of the list of accepted candidates. According to Section 130, Objections and petitions shall be filed through ordinary petitions to the Constitutional Council.

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Can the Electoral Board reject a candidate’s file?

Section 125 of the Electoral Code says that the Electoral Board may accept or reject a candidacy. In case of a rejection, the Director General of Elections notifies the person concerned of the reasoned decision to reject their candidacy and a copy of the said decision is forwarded forthwith to the Constitutional Council.

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What is the deadline for the Electoral Board to publish the list of accepted candidates?

According to Section 126 of the Electoral Code, within no less than 60 (sixty) days to the date of the poll, the Electoral Board shall draw up and publish the list of candidates. It shall forthwith notify the Constitutional Council of such list of candidates. Candidates shall declare their candidacy within 15 (fifteen) days after the convening of the electorate, in 3 (three) copies, bearing the legalized signature of candidates and submitted at the council branch of Elections Cameroon.

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How about postings and campaign ballots?

Candidates may prepare circulars, manifestos or posters, at their own expense or that of the party presenting their candidatures. These campaign materials are produced in the colour chosen by the candidate or party. They carry the initials chosen for printing the ballot papers. Messages on these documents have to be submitted to Elections Cameroon for prior endorsement.

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How long is the electoral campaign for the legislative and municipal elections?

The electoral campaign lasts for 15 (fifteen) days. It ends on the eve of the election at midnight (Section 87).

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Can someone claim their card after the convening of the electorate and what measures has ELECAM put in place with respect to unclaimed cards?

The distribution of cards is continuous. Registered voters can therefore claim their cards from their ELECAM council branches or mobile teams and vote. Unclaimed voter cards are dropped at the polling stations where the legal holders are registered. They remain at the disposal of the owners until the close of the poll.

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How can you claim your voter cards during this legislative and municipal elections period?

Registration cards are distributed by the divisional branches of Elections Cameroon. Cards not distributed shall remain at disposal of their holders until the close of the poll at the divisional branch of Elections Cameroon (Section 226).

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What is the term of office and polling of the members of National Assembly?

According to Section 148 of the Electoral Code, Members of the National Assembly shall be elected for a term of 5 (five) years by universal suffrage and direct and secret ballot. They shall be eligible for re-election. The election shall take place 40 (twenty) days before the expiry of the term of office of members of the National Assembly.

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What is the term of office and polling of the municipal election?

According to Section 169 of the Electoral Code, Municipal councillors shall be elected for a term of 5 (five) years by universal suffrage and direct and secret ballot. They shall be eligible for re-election. The election shall take place 20 (twenty) days before the expiry of the term of office of municipal councillors.

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