Senatorial 2018: SDF Edge CPDM in NW

The Social Democratic Front SDF has won by a slim margin the NW constituency in the 2018 senate election that held across Cameroon today. The party claimed a total of 517 votes out of a total of 1037 councilors that voted in the region, scoring 49.76% ahead of the CPDM that got 496 votes gaining 47.74 % of the votes. The UDP and UNDP registered 16 and 02 votes, that is 1.56% and 0.19% of the total votes respectively. Only two abstention were recorded in the Northwest region, where the voting held under tight security.

The results means no party got the outright majority, with the SDF to take 4 of the 7 seats, with the rest to be shared amongst the participating parties.

Senate Results NWR[/caption]

Law No 2006/005 of 14 JULY 2006 to lay down Conditions Governing the Election of Senators states in article 7 sub 1 that “ Senatorial elections shall be a mixed single ballot, comprising a plurality system and a proportionate representation system. Going further to state in  article 7 sub 5 that “ Where no list obtains an absolute majority of the vote cast, the list with a relative majority shall be awarded half of the seats to be filled rounded up to the next, whole number, that is, 4 (four) seats.

After the sharing of the seats the law goes further to state that  the “remaining 3 (three) seats shall be shared amongst all the lists, excluding from those that obtained a relative majority in proportionate representation, following the highest remainder rule. List with less than 5% of the votes cast in the region shall be included form the sharing”

The Senate is made up of 100 seats, 70  of which are elected and 30 appointed by the President, with each region having a total of 10 Senators.  Some 10,636 municipal councilors from  360 councils are eligible to vote in the election.

The first senate elections in Cameroon were held on April 14, 2013. Marcel Niat Njifenji was elected President of the first Senate on June 12, 2013. He was appointed into Senate by a Presidential decree. The President of the Senate is the constitutional successor of the Head of State in case of a vacancy.

By Abongwa Fozo

 

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