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Cameroon/2020 twin elections: Gov’t invalids calls for boycott on basis of security challenges

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The Government of Cameroon has indicated that the reasons advanced by some political parties to boycott the forthcoming Legislative and Municipal elections, especially that on the security challenges in the North West and South West regions are not valid and maintained the twin elections will not be postponed.

In a joint press conference held yesterday in Yaounde, the Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi and his counterpart of the Territorial Administration announced that the February 2020 Municipal and Legislative elections will hold in spite of the discordant views of some political parties.

While urging Cameroonians to go to the polls come February 9, 2020 and exercise their civil duties, both Ministers reassured the population security will prevail on the day of the polls.

They called on political party leaders to be reasonable and galvanise their supporters pursue their political ambitions by running for positions in the upcoming elections.

“The Government is therefore calling on the leaders of political parties to demonstrate good faith, civic responsibility and National civic and republican conscience to devote their efforts to mobilising militants to honourably take part in upcoming polls which are the only instruments to confer the legality and legitimacy needed to conduct public affairs…”

Disclosing that the decision to proceed with the elections as planned is in strict conformity with the constitution of the Republic of Cameroon, the Ministers dismissed the possibility to extend the deadline for the submission of nomination papers as requested by some other political parties.

Published on 28.04.2020

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