Legislative and municipal elections in Cameroon which were earlier scheduled for September 2018 have been postponed.They have been deferred for twelve months, following the National Assembly’s adoption on Monday night of a government bill to this effect.
“The mandate of the MPs is prolonged for a period of twelve months, as of 29 October, 2018,” the bill that was submitted to parliamentarians said.
By seeking the approval of MPs, President Paul Biya explains in the bill that it was difficult to organize legislative and municipal polls at the same time as the presidential election scheduled at the latest on 15 October, 2018.
According to the authorities, material challenges complicate the simultaneous organization of the three elections.
Meanwhile, according to several observers, the security situation in the country is not conducive to a smooth organization of the exercises.
Cameroon is caught up in a cycle of attacks by the militant sect Boko Haram in the country’s Far North and a lingering separatist crisis in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-East.
Last March, Cameroon held elections for the Senate that renewed the Upper House of Parliament for the next five years.