ELECAM Meets stake holders to discuss introduction of biometric system

The Board chair of Elections Cameroon (Elecam) Samuel Fonkam Azu’u is in the Northwest region to hold a series of sensitization meetings with elections stake holders ahead of the introduction of a biometric system of registration in the country. Dr. Fonkam just like the other 17 board members of Elecam are in their regions of origin to enlighten public opinion.

Meeting with representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, administrators, traditional and religious leaders from Mezam on May 3m 2012, at the Bamenda II Coouncil Hall, the Elecam boss said “the individual’s finger print, picture, names, parentage, place of birth, occupation and domicile will be carried on the new voters’ card”. He futher said “Giesecke Cid” a German service provider would supply the materials and training of Elecam’s personnel within the next three months following the signing of the contract last April 18, 2011

The contract is worth 7.8 billion CFA Frs. and a total of 1,200 kits would be supplied by the Germans. A single kit would comprise of a laptop, camera, scanner and a fingerprint recorder.Three kits would be given to each of the 363 council areas in the country. Elecam targets registering  some   7 million voters within a seven months period once the materials have been supplied. It would take less than 05 minutes to register each voter

The National Assembly last March passed a bill codifying the electoral laws into a single code. This came at the tail of several reforms geared towards rendering the electoral process in Cameroon more credible and transparent. These changes have necessitated a complete recompilation of the electoral register to begin in two months.  

Dr. Fonkam Azu’u assured political parties representatives that they would be part and parcel of the registration and counting process despite the coming of the new system. He urged the political parties to start preparing their militants for the registration process now for as he put it “seven months may seem long, but it’s too short”

Dr Fonkam would hold similar meetings in the other six divisions of the Northwest. Participants at the meetings comes from elections council branches, local administrators, and political parties leaders, traditional and religious authorities and pressmen from all the subdivisions.

Many Cameroonians see the biometric system as a way of curbing fraud and double registration which has been one of the principal sources of conflict during elections in Cameroon.

 

By Abongwa Fozo

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