End of operations involving the revision of electoral registers for the year 2016.
Statement of the Director General of Elections on the occasion of the close of the revision of electoral registers for the year 2016 in the press conference of the 1st september 2016.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Representatives of the Media,
I wish, from the bottom of my heart, to thank the Representatives of a broad spectrum of the media that have heeded the invitation addressed to them by the Directorate General of Elections, in view of informing the general public and all stakeholders of the electoral process, of the results obtained by Elections Cameroon Branches, at the end of operations involving the revision of electoral registers for the year 2016.
The general objective of our meeting today is, among others, to broaden and improve ELECAM’s communication, which continues to develop and consolidate an ever more transparent, free, fair and credible electoral system.
In order to enable public opinion to best appraise and grasp the magnitude of the work accomplished by Elections Cameroon in 2016, l deemed it important to revisit, as a reminder, the enrolment trend on electoral registers from 2013 to 2015. The figures that I am about to disclose to you, were consolidated after clean up, notably:
§ As of 31 December 2013 : 5 437 870 enrolled citizen;
§ As of 31 December 2014 : 5 597 041 enrolled citizens;
§ As of 31 December 2015 : 5 885 769 enrolled citizens.
With regard to the Diaspora, as of this day, 15.000 Cameroonians settled or residing abroad are enrolled on electoral registers.
What about the performances accomplished by Elections Cameroon Branches in the year 2016?
The year 2016 was marked by:
§ The general concentration of operators on enrolment kits;
§ The improvement in the maintenance of electoral equipment, through a capacity building of human resources at the Directorate General of Elections;
§ The empowerment of the team of technicians charged with the maintenance of enrolment kits, generators, regional hubs as well as the central system at the National Centre for Election Biometrics (NCEB);
§ The monthly production of voter cards, rather than the former system that subjected every enrolled elector to a long wait, ranging from 5 to 10 months, depending on their date of enrolment;
§ The increase in the financial resources put at the disposal of members of commissions in charge of enrolment on electoral registers and of the distribution of voter cards.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The implementation of all these strategies that I have just listed, enabled the Branches of the Directorate General of Elections to enrol 510.362 new citizens, within 2016; raising the number of electors on our national register of voters to 6.316.836, to be more precise in our database at the National Centre for Election Biometrics.
Precisely, note must be taken that the newly enrolled citizens, 510.362 in number, are broken down as follows: 306.755 men, representing 60,11% and 203.607 women, representing 39,89%. The enthusiasm of youths, boys and girls put together, are worth underscoring, since out of the 510.362 new citizens enrolled in 2016, youths constitute 367.435 enrolled, representing 71,99%.