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The Electoral Board

The first set of members appointed

About the Electoral Board

The Electoral Board shall ensure the smooth functioning of Elections Cameroon and also ensure compliance with the electoral law by all all stakeholders for the purpose of guaranteeing regular, impartial, free, fair, transparent and credible polls.

In this respect, the Electoral Board shall:

  • Carry out verifications and controls it may deem appropriate;
  • scrutinize candidacy papers and publish the final list or lists of candidates contesting presidential, legislative, senatorial, regional and municipal elections.
  • forward election reports to the Constitutional Council or bodies provided for by law;
  • ensure the timely publication and notification of the list of members of local polling commissions to the appropriate persons specified in the electoral law, notably representatives of lists of candidates or candidates;
  • control the preparation of election material and election documents within the deadline laid down by law;
  • hear and determine claims and petitions regarding pre-election and election operations, subject to the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Council and appropriate courts or authorities;
  • order corrections warranted following consideration of claims or petitions filed in respect of elections or referendums.

About Duties

Within the framework of its duties, the Electoral Board shall:

  • adopt the by-laws of Elections Cameroon;
  • submit reports and/or proposals to the relevant authorities on issues that within their competence;
  • examine and approve draft budgets prepared by the Director General of Elections;
  • approve the action programme prepared by the Director General of Elections;
  • approve progress reports drawn up by the Director General of Elections;
  • give its opinion or make suggestions on any election-related draft instrument submitted to it;
  • on the proposal of the Director General of Elections, determine the organization and conditions of functioning of branches;
  • hold consultations with the Administration, the Judiciary, political parties and, where necessary, civil society within the framework of the management of the electoral process.

About the Composition and Tenure of Office

The Electoral Board shall comprise eighteen (18) members, including one (1) Chairperson and one (1) Vice-Chairperson.

The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Electoral Board shall be the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of Elections Cameroon.

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and members of the Electoral Board shall be appointed by decree of the President of the Republic upon consultation with political parties represented in the National Assembly and civil society.

Members of the Electoral Board shall be designated from among independent personalities of Cameroonian nationality, recognized for competence, moral uprightness, intellectual honesty, patriotism, neutrality and impartiality.

The term of office of members of the Electoral Board shall be four (4) years, renewable once.

Before assuming office, members of the Electoral Board shall take an oath before the Constitutional Council.

They shall be bound to declare their property and assets.

An Electoral Board member's term of office shall expire in one of the following cases:

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

The resignation of a member shall be duly established by the Electoral Board. In such case, the member whose resignation has been established shall be replaced by the President of the Republic, upon consultation with the Chairperson of the Electoral Board. The member appointed shall serve the remainder of the term of the person resigning.He shall take oath of office.

Temporary incapacity of a member shall be duly established by Elections Cameroon.Where such incapacity exceeds six (6) months, the duties of such member may be terminated by decree of the President of the Republic.

The member appointed to replace the incapacitated member shall serve the remainder of the latter's term after taking the oath as set out.

An Electoral Board member's term of office may be terminated in one of the following cases:

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

A member whose term comes to an end shall not be candidate for any election following the end of such term.

About Incompatibilities

 The duties of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and member of the Electoral Board shall be incompatible with those of:

  • Member of Government and persons ranking as such;
  • Member of the Constitutional Council;
  • Judicial or Legal Officer in active employment;
  • 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;
  • Person holding an elective 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;
  • Person 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.

Members of Elections Cameroon shall refrain from any act that may undermine the independence and dignity of their duties. They shall specifically, during their tenure of office, refrain from using their status for purposes other than those relating to their mandate.

Members of Elections Cameroon shall, under no circumstances, seek or recieve instructions or orders from a public or private authority, be it national or foreign, during the performance of their duties.

Members of Elections Cameroon may not be prosecuted, investigated, arrested, detained or tried for their views expressed in the performance of their duties.

Save in cases of flagrante delicto, members of Elections Cameroon may not be prosecuted during their tenure of office.

About Functioning

The Electoral Board shall hold four (4) ordinary sessions each year when convened by its Chairperson. However, when the need arises or at the request of two-thirds (2/3) of its members, the Board shall meet in extraordinary session.

During an election period, the Electoral Board shall meet as often as necessary.

The Electoral Board shall meet at least once every fortnight upon convening of the electorate.

Meetings of the Electoral Board shall be convened by the Chairperson or, where the latter is unavailable, by the Vice-Chairperson.

Decisions of the Electoral Board shall be taken by consensus or, failing that, decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of members present. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson shall have the casting vote.

The quorum shall be at least two-thirds (2/3) of members present.

Minutes of Electoral Board meetings shall be taken, and shall be signed by the Chairperson and Secretary.

The secretarial services of the Electoral Board meetings shall be provided by the Directorate General of Elections.

In the performance of their duties, the President and Vice-President shall each be entitled to an office comprising:

  • a secretariat;
  • a Private Secretary;
  • management support staff.

The President of ELECAM may address public opinion through press releases, press conferences or interviews.

In the performance of their duties, members of the Electoral Board shall each be entitled to:

  • two (2) management support staff;
  • a secretariat;
  • a driver.
The last set of members appointed