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Elections Cameroon shall have Branches at regional, divisional and council levels.

The organization and functioning of branches shall be laid down by the Electoral Borad, upon the proposal of the Director General of Elections.

Officers of the regional branches shall be appointed by the Electoral Board, on the recommendation of the Director General of Elections.

Officials of the divisional and council branches shall be appointed by the Director General of Elections,upon the approval of the Electoral Board.

 

The Branches of ELECAM shall be as follows: 

  • the Regional Delegation;
  • the Divisional Branch;
  • the Council Branch.

The Branches shall operate under the hierarchical authority of the Director General of Elections.

Placed under the authority of a Regional Delegate, the Regional Delegation, within its zone of competence, shall be responsible for:

  • the organisation, the supervision and the follow-up of electoral operations and referendums;
  • the follow-up of voter registration and establishment of voters’ cards;
  • the supervision of the distribution of voters’ cards;
  • the centralisation and forwarding to the Directorate General of Elections, of needs for the conduct of polls;
  • the distribution of election materials within the Region;
  • the centralisation and forwarding of election results to the Directorate General of Elections;
  • the computerisation of the regional register of voters;
  • the management of the IT network;
  • the updating and safe-keeping of the regional register of voters;
  • the computer-assisted management of electoral operations and referendums, as well as election results;
  • the maintenance of IT equipment;
  • the preparation of the operating budget of the Regional Delegation;
  • the monitoring of the management of ELECAM movable and immovable property within the Region;
  • the management of regional personnel;
  • the management of the operating budget of the Delegation.

The Regional Delegation shall comprise:

  • the Service of Electoral Operations and Referendums;
  • the Service in charge of Information Technology (IT), the Register of Voters and the IT Network;
  • the Service in charge of Administration and Finance;
  • the Service in charge of Mails, Reception and Liaison;
  • the Service in charge of Communication, Documentation and Archives. 

Placed under the authority of a Branch Head, the Divisional Branch, within its zone of competence, shall be responsible for:

  • the follow-up of electoral operations and referendums;
  • the follow-up of voter registration and the drawing up of electoral rolls;
  • the supervision of the distribution of voters’ cards;
  • the updating of the Divisional Registers of Voters;
  • the centralisation and forwarding to the Regional Delegation of voters’ rolls and the register of voters;
  • the transfer of election materials to Council Branches and polling stations;
  • the centralisation and transmission to the Regional Delegation of election results;
  • the follow-up of the management of the IT network;
  • the computer-assisted management of electoral operations and referendums;
  • the maintenance of IT equipment;
  • the preparation and management of the operating budget of the Branch;
  • the follow-up of the management of ELECAM property in the Division;
  • the management of branch personnel;
  • the follow-up of security measures put in place for the conduct of polls;
  • the follow-up of supplies;
  • the reception and distribution of electoral and ordinary mails;
  • communication and public relations;
  • the conservation of documents and the management of archives.

The Divisional Branch shall comprise:

  • the Office in charge of Electoral Operations and Referendums;
  • the Office in charge of Information Technology (IT), the Register of Voters and the Management of the IT Network;
  • the Office in charge of Administration and Finance;
  • the Office in charge of Mails, Reception and Liaison;
  • the Office in charge of Communication, Documentation and Archives.

Placed under the authority of a Branch Head, the Council Branch, within its zone of competence, shall be responsible for:

  • the registration of voters;
  • the key-boarding of voters’ rolls and election operations;
  • the drawing up of Council voters’ rolls;
  • the drawing up of Council Register of Voters and forwarding same to the Divisional Branch;
  • the distribution of voters’ cards;
  • the distribution of election materials to polling stations;
  • the follow-up of the organisation of polling stations;
  • the putting in place of security measures for polling;
  • the transmission to the Divisional Branch of polling data and documents;
  • the safe-keeping of ballot boxes, polling booths and other polling accessories.

For the accomplishment of branch duties, the Branch Head shall be assisted by support staff.

The Regional Delegation, the Divisional Branch and the Council Branch shall operate according to the double principle of hierarchy and subsidiarity.

Accordingly, the Council Branch shall be placed under the supervision of the Divisional Branch.

The Divisional Branch shall be placed under the supervision of the Regional Delegation.

The Regional Delegation shall be placed under the supervision of the Directorate General of Elections.

In case of failure of any Branch, the Branch above it shall immediately and fully take over its duties.

The Branches of ELECAM are responsible for the management of election operations at local level. They are placed under the direct hierarchical authority of the Director General of Elections.

Regional Delegates control the 10 Regional Delegations (RD) that are, in turn, assisted by 58 Divisional Branches (DB) and by 360 Council Branches (CB).

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