Over 7000 international and local observers have been approved to monitor the September 30, 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections in Cameroon, according to Pierre Essomba, the Secretary –Secretary of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD).
Mr. Essomba told state media, Tuesday, that over 10,000 applications were received to monitor the coming polls but the MINATD approved 7000 of them, adding that those approved would receive their accreditation batches and a copy each of the electoral code to facilitate their job.
In a related development, the Secretary-General said some 34 political parties running for the twin elections had already made known their bank accounts for the transfer of allocated funds intended to assist them in their campaigns, which officially started last Sunday, September 15.
The State of Cameroon has allocated FCFA 1.7 billion as support to competing parties- to be given in two installments before and after the elections.
According to Section 285 of the Electoral Code,"Public funds earmarked for the funding of election campaigns for the election of Members of Parliament, Senators, Regional or Municipal Councilors, shall be shared in 2 (two) equal parts among the political parties taking part in the elections as follows : the first part shall be paid after publication of the lists of candidates to all parties depending on the lists submitted and endorsed in the various constituencies ; the second part shall be paid after the proclamation of results to parties proportionately to the number of seats obtained."
[The article also appears in The Recorder Newspaper, Cameroon,of September 27,2013]