The bill to extend the mandate of Members of the Lower House of Assembly has been tabled today at the National Assembly.
A copy of the bill which journalducameroun.com obtained a copy was drafted in pursuance of Section 15(4) of Law No 96/6 of 16 January 1996 to amend the Constitution of 2nd June 1972 which provides that:
“In case of serious crisis or where so circumstances warrant, the President of the Republic may, after Consultation with the President of the Constitutional Council and the Bureaux of the National Assembly and the Senate request the National Assembly to decide, by a law, to extend or abridge its mandate.”
Legislative elections were supposed to hold between June and July given that mandates of the President of the Republic and that of Members of the National Assembly and Municipal councillors were supposed to end between 15 October and 3 November.
Thus the holding of all three elections within this time frame will lead to an overlapping of the different polling operations which are strictly governed by Law No 2012/1 of 19 April 2012 to relating to the Electoral code, as amended and supplemented by Law No 2012/17 of 21 December 2012.
To thus avoid such situations, the bill to extend the mandate of Members of the National Assembly has been tabled and is under review by the parliamentarians.