The Directorate General of Elections

About the Directorate General of Elections

The Directorate General of Elections shall be responsible for the preparation and material organization of election and referendum operations, under the supervision of the Electoral Board.

 The Directorate General of Elections shall be under the authority of a Director General, who may be assisted by a Deputy Director General.

The duties of Director General and of Deputy Director General of Elections shall be incompatible with the duties or offices referred to here below:

  • Member of Government and persons ranking as such;
  • Member of the Constitutional Council;
  • Judicial or Legal Officer in active service;
  • Secretary-General of a ministry and persons ranking as such;
  • General Manager of a public establishment, public and semi-public enterprise;
  • Central administration director and persons ranking as such;
  • Persons holding effective office in a national, regional or local body;
  • Governor;
  • Senior Divisional Officer, Sub-divisional Officer and their Assistants;
  • Traditional ruler;
  • President of Trades Chamber;
  • Official and personnel of the forces of law and order in active employment;
  • Persons disqualified or ineligible for elections;
  • Candidates standing for the elections supervised by Elections Cameroon;
  • Members of a political party or support group of a political party, list of candidates or candidate.

About Appointments

The Director General of Elections and the Deputy Director General of Elections shall be appointed by decree of the President of the Republic for a term of 5 (five) years, which may be renewable upon consultation with the Electoral Board.

In the event of vacancy of the office of Director General or Deputy Director General of Elections, he or she shall be replaced in accordance with the procedure laid down to serve for the remainder of the term.

The duties of Director General or Deputy Director General of Elections shall be terminated in one of the following cases:

  • non-renewal of the term of office;
  • resignation;
  • death.

The term of office of the Director General or Deputy Director General of Elections may be terminated in one of the following cases:

  • physical or mental incapacity duly established by the Electoral Board;
  • gross misconduct, duly established by the Electoral Board;
  • penalty imposed for a felony (life or fixed-term imprisonment coupled with banishment and civic disqualification).

About Duties

The Director General of Elections shall be responsible, under the authority of the Electoral Board, for all election and referendum operations, in particular:

  • drawing up, managing, updating and keeping the national voters' register as well as election documents and materials;
  • procuring and distributing election materials and documents;
  • drawing up electoral registers, in conjunction with the relevant joint commissions;
  • publishing electoral registers;
  • issuing voter cards;
  • distributing voter cards,in conjunction with the relevant joint commissions;
  • organizing or supervising the training of electoral personnel;
  • preparing the annual draft budget of Electoral Board and of the Directorate General of Elections;
  • preparing draft budgets of elections;
  • executing the budget of the Directorate General of Elections and the budgets of elections;
  • managing sundry resources and equipment placed at its disposal;
  • recieving and forwarding to the Electoral Board candidacy papers for presidential, legislative, senatorial, regional and municipal elections;
  • recieving and forwarding to the Electoral Board applications to participate in referendum campaigns;
  • distributing, within the statutory time-limit, samples of ballot papers to candidates or political taking part in the polls for elections or referendum campaign purposes;
  • coordinating the work of observers accredited by the appropriate national authorities;
  • organizing polling stations;
  • coordinating all bodies responsible for election operations;
  • coordinating the forwarding of election reports and other and other election documents from polling stations to the head office of Elections Cameroon;
  • forwarding election reports to the Electoral Board.

In this respect, the Director the Director General of Elections shall be vested with all powers necessary for the performance of his duties.

He shall report on his activities to the Electoral Board atleast once every three months and as often as may be necessary in an election period.

After every election, the Director General of Elections shall be responsible for centralizing and keeping all election documents and materials.

He shall draw up the final report on the conduct of the poll.

The Director General of Elections shall be responsible, under the authority of the Electoral Board, for the administration of Elections Cameroon.

 

He shall attend Electoral Board meetings in an advisory capacity.

He shall represent Elections Cameroon within the framework of his duties and carry out such missions as shall be entrusted to him by the Director General of Elections within the framework of the administration of Elections Cameroon.

The Directorate General of Elections shall have Support Bodies.