Ugandan MPs To Monitor Elections In Cameroon

this web geneva;”>The head of Uganda’s delegation to the Pan African Parliament, store Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal, approved was part of the African Union (AU) Election Monitoring mission to Cameroon. Cameroon’s first Senatorial elections were held in the country on April 14, 2013.

The former Secretary General of the OAU and former Prime Minister of Togo, H.E Edem Kodjo, led the team. It comprised MPs in the Pan African Parliament, the African Union Commission and the Permanent Representatives Council.

Only two parties took part in the election – the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) and the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) while other opposition parties boycotted the election claiming that the term of councilors, who made up the electoral college, had expired.

Hon. Ogwal said that government in Cameroon argued that the law empowered the President to extend the term of the councilors for the purpose of the elections. She said they observed the dominance of men in the electoral process citing a low participation of women as presiding officers and polling assistants.

The team also noted that offices are set up in polling stations where voters are paid an allowance after voting.

“This is something we had never seen anywhere before; it does not happen in Uganda or anywhere in East Africa,” she said.

She also said that the boycott of parties will affect the credibility of the electoral process and the outcome.

Uganda’s other representatives to the Pan African Parliament are Hon. Sam Amooti Otada, Hon. Jacqueline Amongin, Hon. Onyango Kakoba and Hon. Beatrice Barumba.

Hon. Amongin was part of the AU Observer Mission in Kenya and Djibouti; Hon. Onyango Kakoba monitored elections in Guinea while Hon. Otada was in Ghana.


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