Dr. ESSOUSSE Erik

Dr Erik Essousse

Deputy Director General of Elections

Born on July 5, 1951 at Ndokagnak, Dr. Erik ESSOUSSE is a native of Yingui Sub-Division in Nkam Division, Littoral Region of the Republic of Cameroon.

Upon completion of his university studies, Dr. Erik ESSOUSSE obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at the University of Yaounde in 1976, a Maîtrise in the History of International Relations at the University of Paris Sorbonne I in 1978, a ‘Diplôme d'Etudes Approfonndies en Relations Internationales’ at the University of Paris Sorbonne I in 1979. In 1982, he obtained a ‘Doctorat de 3ème Cycle’ in International Relations at the University of Paris Sorbonne II in 1982, and then a Diploma from the ‘Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales’ of the University of Paris.

Prior to his appointment in December 2008 as Deputy Director General of Elections, Dr. Erik ESSOUSSE had occupied key administrative functions notably:

  • Service Head in charge of Civil Liberties, 1983;
  • Sub-Director of Civil Liberties at the Ministry of Territorial Administration, 1985;
  • Assistant Director of Political Affairs at the Ministry of Territorial Administration, 1990;
  • Sub-Director of Elections, Ministry of Territorial Administration, 1996;
  • Attaché at the Secretariat General of the Prime Minister’s Office, 1998;
  • Chargé de Mission at the Prime Minister’s Office, 2005.

As a Lecturer at the Advanced National School of Administration and Magistracy, Dr. Erik ESSOUSSE is co-author of the book, "Informatisation des Processus Electoraux en Afrique", published by Harmattan in 2004. He is also author of the book, "Liberté de la Presse Ecrite au Cameroun en 2008", published by Harmattan in 2006.

In terms of honorary distinctions, the Deputy Director General of Elections is holder of a:

  • National Merit of Valour;
  • Officer of the National Valour;
  • Knight of the National Valour;
  • Commander of the National Valour, 2006;
  • Grand Cordon, 2010.