In Cameroon, the legislative elections will be held on February 9th. So decided the regime of Paul Biya, ignoring de facto the call for boycott launched by the opposition.
According to Yaoundé, everything is ready for the next legislative and municipal elections to be held on 9th February. And the ballot boxes are waiting for only the 6.6 million voters listed by Elections Cameroon (Elecam), the electoral commission.
« To citizens voters, the government recommends to prepare to fulfill, in their soul and conscience, their duties towards the fatherland, going massively, on February 9, 2020, to express their democratic choice, in the discipline, the calm and the peace, « urged the Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi, during a press briefing Monday in the capital of Cameroon.
Barely veiled response to opponents and civil society actors who call for a boycott of these games. « I call the Cameroonians not to vote and to stay at home on February 9, 2020, » said on November 25, Maurice Kamto, a major figure of the opposition and unfortunate candidate for the presidential election in October 2018.
Not without reasons. Including peace in the English-speaking Western areas in the grip of what observers call « Anglophone crisis ». A crisis that since 2016 pits Cameroonian security forces against separatists who want to form an independent state called « Ambazonia ».
Towards a crisis of legitimacy?
« To organize elections in Cameroon today, which is more local elections, without having restored peace in the North-West and South-West regions … It is to give the message that (the) populations (of these regions ) are not Cameroonians and, in so doing, devote the de facto partition of the country, « Kamto said.
Encouraged by the « Big » held dialogue from October 30 to 4 in Yaoundé and some progress observed on the ground, the Cameroonian government is holding on to the holding of legislative and local elections on the date set last October.
Elected in 2013, the Cameroonian Parliament was not renewed in 2018, as President Paul Biya decided to extend the term of office of elected officials in a country shaken by security issues.
However, in case the boycott is maintained, these elections could still feed the debate around their credibility and thus the legitimacy of future new elected. And even trigger a new political crisis in the image of that born of the highly contested election of Paul Biya to the presidency in October 2018.