M. Abdoulaye BABALE

M. Abdoulaye Babale

Member

Born in 1942 at Maroua in the Diamaré Division, ABDOULAYE BABALE is from the Far North Region of the Republic of Cameroon.

After university and post-graduate studies between 1968 and 1975, ABDOULAYE BABALE obtained a ‘Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Générales’ in 1970, at the Faculty of Law and Economics in the University of Toulouse, France. In 1972, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law at the Faculty of Law and Economics under the Federal University of Yaounde. One year later, in 1973, he graduated with a ‘Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures de Doctorat de Droit Public’, followed by a ‘Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures de Doctorat de Sciences Politiques’ in 1974 from the University of Paris II Pathéon-Sorbonne. At the same time, from 1968 to 1970, ABDOULAYE BABALE obtained a ‘Diplôme d’Aptitude aux Fonctions d’Inspecteur des Services Mixtes des Postes et Télécommunications’ at the ‘Centre d’Enseignement Supérieures des Postes et Télécommunications d’Outre-mer’ of Toulouse in France. Then, from 1972 to 1975, he obtained a ‘Diplôme d’Aptitude aux Fonctions d’Administrateur des Postes et Télécommunications’, an equivalent to the ‘Doctorat 3ème Cycle’ in Management, at the ‘Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes et Télécommunications’ of Paris.

Prior to his appointment as member of the Electoral Board in 2008, he kick-started his career as Inspector and then Administrator, during which he occupied key functions within the administration and the government of the Republic of Cameroon such as:

  • Postmaster at the Yaounde-Messa Post Office, under the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, 1970;
  • Bureau Head in charge of Postal Operations, Department of Posts at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MINPOSTEL), from 1971;
  • Bureau Head in charge of Vocational Training and General Administration, Department of General Administration (MINPOSTEL), from 1971 to 1972;
  • Assistant Service Head of Financial Affairs, Department of General Administration (MINPOSTEL), 1972;
  • Assistant Research Officer, Department of Posts (MINPOSTEL), 1976;
  • Assistant Director of General Administration (MINPOSTEL), 1976;
  • Assistant Director of Posts and of the Post Office Savings Bank (MINPOSTEL), from 1976 to 1977;
  • Acting Director of Posts and of the Post Office Savings Bank (MINPOSTEL), from 1977 to 1978;
  • Director of Posts and of the Post Office Savings Bank (MINPOSTEL), 1978 to 1981;
  • Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, from 1981 to 1982;
  • Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Service, from 1982 to 1983;
  • Minister of Town Planning and Housing, from 1983 to 1986;
  • Board Member of the Bank of Central African States, from 1983 to 1990;
  • Member of the National Credit Council of the Bank of Central African States, from 1983 to 1990;
  • Member of the National Monetary Committee of the Bank of Central African States, from 1983 to 1990;
  • Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, from 1986 to 1988;
  • Minister of Higher Education, Computer Science and Scientific Research, from 1988 to 1990;
  • Appointed Board Chairperson of the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development, 1997; 
  • Appointed Board Member of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Vice-Board Chairperson of IITA and Chairperson of Finance Committee, 1997;
  • Appointed Board Member of Heifer International; 1997.

On January 29, 2009, this Knight of the National Order of Valour and holder of several distinctions obtained abroad took the following oath of office before the Constitutional Court: “I swear to fully and faithfully discharge my duties and to exercise my office without fear or favour in accordance with the Constitution and laws in force, to ensure the confidentiality of proceedings and votes, to abstain from taking public positions and to decline any consultation on matters falling within the purview of Elections Cameroon.”