28, July 2017
New members of the electoral board of Elections Cameroon have taken the oath of office in the presence of the chief judge of the Supreme Court sitting in for the Constitutional Council. The Vice President of the board Appoline Marie Amugu Ekobena was first to perform the ritual. She was followed by Belle Amougou Dieudonne and Ngu Peter, both members of the Electoral Board. The three were appointed by a presidential decree of 25th April 2017.
The ceremony was witnessed by some so-called top CPDM officials including cabinet members led by Prime Minister Philemon Yang, members of the diplomatic corps, the Speaker of the National assembly and the President of the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.
During the event the Attorney General of the Supreme Court, Luc Ndjodo outlined the mission of Elections Cameroon before reminding the new members of the need for them to uphold moral integrity, a patriotic spirit and the sense of impartiality in the discharge of their duties.
The Chief Court Registrar proceeded with the reading of decree number 2017/168 of 25th April 2017 appointing members of the electoral board of Elections Cameroon, ELECAM. Lord Justice Daniel Mekobe Sone detailed government’s expectations and focus on the need to strictly respect the electoral law. The three later swore before the court, to be impartial.
Election Cameroon was created in 2010 with twelve members and was assigned the role to organize and manage elections in Cameroon. In 2012, the number increased to eighteen. According to the law, membership remains incompatible with any other public function. Members have a four year term of office renewable by a Presidential decree after consultation with the members of the national assembly and the civil society.