President Biya, appoints former SDO, governor to Electoral board
In a bid to strengthen the much
criticized Elections Cameroon—ELECAM, President Biya has in a Presidential
Decree announced Thursday evening, appointed two former Civil Administrators to
the Electoral Board. The two are Enow Abrams Egbe and Haman Dairou.
Both are graduates of the National School of Administration and
Magistracy, ENAM, and have served many communities of the country as District
Officers, Senior Divisional Officers and as Governor in the case of Abrams Egbe.
Egbe was Governor of Adamawa and South Regions before later being
sent to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation as
Inspector General. Dairou is former SDO for Upper Nkam in the Littoral Region,
Vina in the Adamawa and until Thursday’s appointment, he was Secretary General
at Southwest Governor’s office. The two will join amongst others, former
colleague, Louis Eyeya Zanga who used to be Governor of South West Province too.
The appointment of the duo brings to 18,
members of the Electoral Board of ELECAM. The Electoral Board is the highest
decision making body of the election monitoring organization.
The Elections management body has since
been weakened following the conflict between former Director General, Mohaman
Sani Tanimou and the Board Chairman, Fonkam Azu’u. It was not until the former
was replaced in July 2015 by Abdoulaye Babale, following another Presidential
Decree that order returned to the body.
However, ELECAM is still begging for
credibility as Cameroonians challenge the legitimacy of the body since it is
not independent, – it largely depends on the will of Biya, and some of its
members like the Board Chair and Dorothy Njeuma are known supporters of the
CPDM party of Biya. Their job is also being compounded by the high rate of
voter apathy in Cameroon. A recent door-to-door campaign by the body to have
people register to vote has not greatly changed things.
Even though the decree read on state
television did not say so, these two gentlemen are certainly replacing Bishop
Dieudonne Watio, who resigned from ELECAM in November 2015 and Abdoulaye Babale
who was promoted to Director General of ELECAM. Article by: By Tapuka Gerald