Greener Journal of Social Sciences
Vol. 9(2), pp. 45-51, 2019
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The Loopholes, Shortcomings and Controversies of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) and its Law within the Electoral Dispensation of Cameroon
Joseph KIJEM YUH*
Senior Translator, Central Bureau for Censuses and Population Studies (BUCREP), Yaounde – Cameroon, and Human Rights Consultant
*Joseph KIJEM YUH is a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies , a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law / Humanitarian Action and a Doctoral Degree in Political Science (Speciality: Human Rights Education).
Article No.: 0701019133
Type: Short Comm.
The realm of elections enables the citizens of a country to select those who shall handle their affairs. It is meant to avoid anarchy in the political, legislative, municipal and executive management of the affairs of the society since the chosen or elected few can more easily harmonize their views when compared to the entire society.
The idea of a selected or chosen few managing State affairs has been formalized by some international legal instruments. It is in this light that Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1981) intimates that every citizen shall have the right to participate freely in the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives. This Article is corroborated by Article 17 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007).
However, the principle of choosing a few has been watered down by some so-called democracies, especially some African countries. Amongst these countries, Cameroon occupies a prominent position. This is a country which has been systematically organizing and rigging elections. This situation has now got to a point that some human rights activists or enthusiasts are called upon to raise awareness as far as Cameroon’s deplorable case is concerned.
It is in this light that I decided to present the loopholes, controversies and shortcomings inherent in the ELECAM Law. My aim, as far as this presentation is concerned, is to raise awareness as to the need to review this Law, and also to the need to set up a credible election management body.
It should be noted that, though still useful, this article was written before the 2011 Presidential Elections in Cameroon
Joseph Kijem Yuh
E-mail: yuh750@ gmail. com
elections; citizens; legal; charter; representatives; democracy; governance; rigging; awareness; management
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C) Other Instruments
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Cite this Article: Kijem Yuh, J (2019). The Loopholes, Shortcomings and Controversies of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) and its Law within the Electoral Dispensation of Cameroon. Greener Journal of Social Sciences, 9(2): 45-51, https://doi.org/10.15580/GJSS.2019.2.071019133.
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