Board members of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in the South West Region, Christopher Tambe Tiku and Thomas Ejake Mbonda, have asserted that heavy sanctions will befall any Councillor who boycott the March 25 Senatorial polls without any tangible reason(s).
The duo was speaking at the Fako Divisional Office in Limbe, during a recent press conference organised to size up the level of preparedness of the Division ahead of the imminent elections.
The ELECAM Board members further averred that they are crisscrossing the entire Region to ensure that the lists of electorate are published 15 days before the elections day as enshrine in the electoral laws of the land.
The Board members of the elections watchdog were also in the field to ensure that voters’ cards are effectively distributed to their right owners and that the cards of absentee Councillors are kept in the ELECAM Divisional offices and not used by some unruly Councillors to swell the ballot boxes.
In this light, Tambe Tiku and Ekake Mbonda were advocating for one Councillor one vote and that “in the absence of a Councillor during the Senatorial election without any tangible reason, he or she can be punished by the law,” they said.
To the ELECAM Regional Delegate, Evelyne Mukete, the ELECAM Board members charged her to glean where elections campaign is taking place. They said their major assignment is to ensure that any activity carried out by political parties during this period is in conformity with the law and regulation in force.
Tambe Tiku and Ejake Mbonde warned all the nine political parties taking part in this year’s elections to steer clear-off party discipline and respect the prescribed secret ballot “because those who will be caught in the act of party discipline will be prosecuted according to the law in force.”
Political party leaders were also cautioned against wearing party paraphernalia on election’s day.