FAQ

What time is at the disposal of the competent administrative court to rule on candidates’ petitions?

According to Section 190 (1) of the Electoral Code, the competent administrative court must rule within 5 (five) days following the filing of the petition. The decision of the competent administrative court shall be notified immediately to the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon for enforcement and to the other parties concerned.

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What time is at the disposal of the Constitutional Council to rule on candidates’ petitions?

The Constitutional Council has a maximum of ten (10) days following the tabling of petitions to render its verdict. (Section 131)

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Can candidates for the municipal election whose candidacy files are rejected by the Electoral Board lodge an appeal?

According to Section 189 of the Electoral Code, the decision to accept or reject a list of candidates may be challenged before the competent administrative court by a candidate, the representative of the list concerned or of any other list or by an elector whose name appear on the electoral register of the council concerned. Disputes or complaints are filed by simple petition within 5 (five) days following the publication of lists of candidates.

 

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Can candidates for the National Assembly whose candidacy files are rejected by the Electoral Board lodge an appeal?

Section 129 of the Electoral Code provides that, in case the Electoral Board rejects a candidacy file, the candidate may petition the Constitutional Council within two (2) days following the publication of the list of accepted candidates. According to Section 130, Objections and petitions shall be filed through ordinary petitions to the Constitutional Council.

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Can the Electoral Board reject a candidate’s file?

Section 125 of the Electoral Code says that the Electoral Board may accept or reject a candidacy. In case of a rejection, the Director General of Elections notifies the person concerned of the reasoned decision to reject their candidacy and a copy of the said decision is forwarded forthwith to the Constitutional Council.

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What is the deadline for the Electoral Board to publish the list of accepted candidates?

According to Section 126 of the Electoral Code, within no less than 60 (sixty) days to the date of the poll, the Electoral Board shall draw up and publish the list of candidates. It shall forthwith notify the Constitutional Council of such list of candidates. Candidates shall declare their candidacy within 15 (fifteen) days after the convening of the electorate, in 3 (three) copies, bearing the legalized signature of candidates and submitted at the council branch of Elections Cameroon.

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What is the closing time of polling stations and can voting continue after this time?

The closing of polling stations is scheduled at 6 pm. Once the closure of polling stations is declared nobody will be allowed in the polling station. However, voters who are already inside the polling station and those present at the entrance must be allowed to vote.

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How long does it take to vote?

The election takes place on a Sunday or a working day, which is a public holiday, from 08.00 am to 6.00 pm in the whole territory according to the provisions contained in the decree convening the electorate.

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While inside the polling station how does the voter proceed to vote?

Once the identity of the voter is ascertained, they collect an envelope and the ballot papers of each candidate put at their disposal and then proceed to the polling booth to make their choice. After leaving the polling booth, they slot the envelop into the ballot box, in the presence of all local polling station members and representative of all political parties in the election.

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In case someone misplaces their voter's card, can they still vote?

If someone misplaces their voter card, there’s no need to panic because they can vote with their national identity card. Local polling station officials will simply verify in order to be sure that the voter is enrolled in the electoral register and also that their national identity card is valid.

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