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Monday, 18 December 2006


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Neba Funiba

People who are not familiar with how a neopatrimonial system (presidentialism and clientelism) works will get excited when they read these citations about Law #this or Law #that, Bill #this and Bill #that and think that democracy is at work in Cameroon. This is a man who has been in power for 24+ years and is still manipulating this system so as to give himself more time. Wow, Ms Rose Abunaw Makia, the last time that I checked there were no roads in your locality and there is a certain town in your locality called Ekok where a military helicopter lands once every week to pick up Customs Duty. Ladies and gentlemen, Robert Mugabe's party ZANU has just extende his stay power by two years from 2008 through 2010; mark my words, come 2011, there will be no elections in Cameroon. Remember Dr. Acha Morfaw proclaimed that ONEL was running so well and was not influenced by the Minister or the presidency only to have her lies exposed when Biya himself admit the contrary to the International Community when he was begging for his debts to be cancelled. We now have Abunaw saying ELECAM shall be the gateway to free elections. Shall the members of ELECAM be appointed by biya or elected by the people at the local level? Who shall they be answerable to?

Eric Ngonji Njungwe

It is shocking what Mr. PAUL BIYA and his ASSOCIATES are doing to Cameroon and Cameroonians. What is the difference between ELECAM and NEO? Is this really the result of the Prime Minister’s consultation? I am sure the drafters of this devious bill have sold their soles to the devil. How can we talk of an Independent Electoral Commission when the commission is everything but independent? I can only predict, ELECAM will be worst than NEO because everything about it is dependent on the President. Can Cameroonians afford to bear all these manipulations? When shall Mr. PAUL BIYA and the CPDM stop buying time with different forms of deceptive institutional experiments.

ELECAM cannot be and will never be an independent electoral body so long as its members are appointed by Presidential degree. The consultation required in the appointment process in this Bill is a mockery and provocation to Cameroonians. Besides, the fact that ELECAM members can serve indefinitely, at the pleasure of the President is alarming. It is common knowledge that appointees always pay allegiance to those who appoint them. Therefore only those who are obedient to Mr. BIYA and carry out his instructions to the letter will be guaranteed the chance to continuously serve on ELECAM.

An independent electoral commission must be able to have TRULY independent members with a fixed mandate (not Presidential appointees serving at the pleasure of the President); with the power to entertain petitions of electoral malpractices; and the certification of electoral results. ELECAM is already a failed experiment even before it comes into existence.

Executive Director, Progressive Initiative for Cameroon – PICAM:

M Nje

Mr Eric,
This man will never understand what you are talking about. There is no such thing as independent "anything" in his culture. That is not the French system. In the French system of government, power comes from God to the Head of State. He and only He then decides who should get which quantity of that power and for how long.

Look at all the former French Colonies in Africa. There are governed in the say way. No accountability. Government is always right.

We are in a mess with these La Republic du Cameroun guys. We need an irreversible divorce, if there was every a marriage, between Southern Cameroons and La Republic du Cameroun.

We in Anglo-Saxon Southern Cameroons believe in the power of the people to elect their local leaders and hold them accountable. These guys don’t understand that. Look at what is happening in the University of Buea. Open Fraud. That tells you how they govern. Remember the strangle for the creation of GCE Board.

In a system in which the Head of State can appoint and replace just about everybody, from Supreme Court Judge to a Court Clerk, he becomes a god on earth. He rules with impunity. His servants like Fame Ndongo become prince.

We need a change and a big change. For those who doubt it, give change a chance. Joint the Southern Cameroons stangle. The current system has not worked for more than 40 years. we Cannot take chances with these guys any more.


why wasting our time, it is needless talking about this same thing all the time, the solution is not a civil war but systematic elimination of state officials, from the DO´s to the head of state, just pop into one ministry and drom your explosives, the results will be felt after the explosion. ambush the socalled DO and SDO on thier develish meet the people tour, cut off the heads and silence every member of the delegation, ambush police and gendarme control post, seize their weapons and finish with the idiots, fons and chiefs dancing the cpdm dimabular should be dealt with,brutal assasination. kodock and bello bouba ambushed and assisinated.

Take note, Dipanda Alexis Mouelle, the lier at the helm of the supreme court, your death will be horrible, i need not tell you the strategy we shall put in place, you will declare Biya winner from beneath, the time is coming, my boys will be around, God´s endless purnishment to you all.Idiots.

Edmond Nsheuko

We should definitely stop dreaming. As long as the system stays the same, there will never be an independent electoral commission. The survival of Biya’s regime depends on his ability to manipulate the elections. How can we expect a man to provide the rope that will hang him ?

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