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Monday, 29 January 2007


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Yes, No reasonable political party can go for elections without an independent electoral commision. The SDF need to rethink its strategy esspecially with regards to its relationship with Mr Biya and La Republique Francaise Du Cameroun.


Someone help me, is ELECAM an independent electoral commision?

These people must be joking.


Rexon, you have not read the document pertaining to ELECAM. The SDF and her leadership have read it and know what they are talking about.Call your family back home icluding your CPDM brother and encourage all of them to register to vote so that when ELECAM is created they should all vote for the SDF. One sure way to resolve the Anglophone broblem is to vote the SDF TO POWER.
If any rethinking of strategy has to be done, it is Rexon and the SCNC , and not the SDF that have to do so. They should encourage their followers (if any) to vote the SDF to power as an alternative solution to the Anglophone problem.


If the elements of ELECAM are implimented to the later, then it is an independent electoral commission. The only weakness in ELECAM is that it will publish only election trends and not the final out come. In addition, the president has a final say about those who are members of ELECAM. Unlike NEO, DOs,SDOs and the ministry of terretorial administration in general will not be involved in the organisation of elections.
If you are interested, give me your e-mail and I will send a soft copy of ELECAM.

Ndi O

Fruntah, that was a nice peace from you. It is only through mass registration and change in our mentality that we can have faith. The weak easily give up when the process of waiting is involved. Let's put in some actions behind words by registering so that if ElECAM is finally considered, we can all get in to chase the devil and his agents away. This will be the only hope for us the Southern Cameroonians.
Bro Rexon, just burry the "negative past" and join in the struggle in ur own way but do not discourage others.
Fon, can u send the soft copy of ELECAM to


The SDf can be described as the last trail of smoke that is left for the Cameroonian people,and must keep gnawing Biya`s eyes.The party has been very meticulous in the way it is applying pressure on Biya about the Independent Electoral commission.When the government came consulting,the party answered present, and later carried over the fight to the National Assembly.It is only logical for the party to doubt any goodwill from Biya.If the party doesn`t call for Elecam to be implemented before elections,it means it is ok with the coup d`etat Biya is trying to organise.How could the government consult the party to put this body in place,but decides to use a defective NEO again to organise elections? What were these consultations meant for?
Fon,Fruntah,we must continue to educate the masses on what is expected of them,and in the course of this we should reassure some of our disgruntled members.I`m happy some have now started asking questions, rather than living in a fool`s paradise eternally.When the party was invited by the PM,they made a mockery of it without even knowing what the party was invited for,so its but logical to school them on what ELECAM is all about.Fon,do well to dispatch many soft copies to those who should read it at all cost.If the Cpdm forcfully pushed through ELECAM in parliament,it means it thought it was independent enough,so why are they scared putting it into use before elections that are many months away?


Wow! Ni John Fru Ndi is really the man of the people. Though I must confess that the population has almost halved. I wish he joins the struggle for the liberation of the Southern Cameroons. If this guy does that then we'll be around gaining our independence.

Taking a decision to boycott elections should NEO conducts the elections is a very BIG step. I applaud it. Below is the complete English version of the press release from the Chairman's desk.


The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Social Democratie .Front, met in Limbe on 27 January 2007. During the meeting it discussed, with profound concem, the critical issue that will affect national life, the peace and stability of Cameroon; that is the implementation of the provisions of the law on Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) before the upcoming Council and Parliamentary elections.

The SDF reminds President Biya of bis commitment in bis 2006 end of year speech; to provide Cameroonians with an independent body for the management of future, elections in Cameroon before the next elections. The urgency of the body was conItrmed when at the end of the November session of Parliament, he convened an extraordinary session to consider and adopt the law on the
independent elections body, DOWcalled ELECAM.

We therefore calI on President Biya to defend the cath of office he took by
effectively putting in place ELECAM, to manage the forthcoming elections in keeping with the solemn promise he made to the Cameroonian people and the international community, that the body will be set up within the next 18 months.

We believe that the fortbcoming elections stand postponed for the said 18 months,
if necessary, to enable President Biya set up ELECAM, a non-negotiable precondition for future elections.

Done in Limbe this 27thclay of January, 2007.

The Son.


The SDF can NEVER win elections in Cameroon with or without ELECAM. If that must happen, then NOT Biya's era. Quote me anywhere!

...I love Fru Ndi becuase he's VERY optimistic and Very hopeful. But then if Biya gives the SDF ELECAM and thrashes us in an election what will the SDF tell the world? That an "independent" body riggued elections or procliamer of the results didn't read the right results? What makes the whole set-up independent?

...Fon no right-minded person will term ELECAM independent. Because it OPENLY short of those ingredients that make a body independent.

...and ELECAM's drawbacks are multi-dimensional.

My Dearest friends,

We all are not new to the fact that Biya is NOT ready to give up power. Even if he does he's got a well calculated plan to skilfully impose a successor. This successor will protect him from any crimes he has to answer after retirement thus keeping him away from Kondengui. This successor will win any elections in Cameroon organised when Biya's still president.

Mr. Fon and Ndi O., it is a good thing to hope but hope where there's hope! I've got a soft copy of ELECAM but have only hurriedly gone through it. Mr. Fon, though I was in a haste I realised that ELECAM's lacking the basic ingredients if we must calll it an
"independent electoral commission".

Camerounians hear FON: "...If the elements of ELECAM are implimented to the later, then it is an independent electoral commission. The only weakness in ELECAM is that it will publish only election trends and not the final out come. In addition, the president has a final say about those who are members of ELECAM..."...(SIC).

Now gentlemen, how independent is a commission whose members are appointed by the head of state? How independent is a commission that "organises" elections but doesn't have a say in the final proclammation? Aren't we going to have another "my hands are tight?". Fon, even Mr. Fru Ndi knows that that body is NOT independent. You'd better quickly withdraw your words terming ELECAM na independent body. I'll never agree with you on that. Watesih knows that ELECAM is a farce.

Now my point!

Camerounians I'm not discouraging you all. Biya doesn't have all Camerounians. If the trick of pressurising him institute ELECAM before the upcoming elections work, then note that all is not lost. He's going to appoint members of ELECAM but these members have to in tend commission others at local levels to control - register you and sees that you vote. In this case you have more than 70% chance of participating unlike the former system where people were disenfranchised from the first day of registration. SDFers wouldn't find their names on voters' lists. So go out en mess and register and vote. Stay and protect your votes. And when Biya's reading the election results on that day FIGHT HIM if he reads the wrong thing. Don't fold your arms and go asking Fru Ndi "what should we do". Fight them until the right thing is done.

ELECAM is not the best since Biya appoints members of it. Don't listen to people who say it's an independent body thus making you trust something and lie on your laurels. Don't sleep! Register, vote and protect your votes. If your votes anr stolen, fight for them. This is only when the LION MAN must listen to the SDF's cry.

Meanwhile the anglophone movements are also working endlessly hard to free you!

The worried Son!

Aunty J.


ELECAM is just another well-crafted Biya machinery to rig elections in this country. After maybe yielding to national and international pressure, he created ELECAM which is not at all an independent electoral body. Furthermore, this farce of a body comes into force only affter the next municipal and parliamentary elections. What is therefore the raison d'etre if this so-called independent body if it does not have a role at this crucial stage of elections? A body whose members are to be appointed by the head of state is not independent at all since the appointees must owe allegiance to their master. It is no news that officials in Cameroon deliberately invent their own figures and those who actually gave the right figures can only admire the impunity with which this boot-licking bought-overs lie. ELECAM is all a myth and cannot crack down on the rotten system already in place.


Hi my Man Akoson,
I wish to reinterate that if the law laying down ELECAM is followed to the later, ELECAM is an independent electoral body. May I remind you that I am not saying that it is a perfect independent electoral body. According to the elements laying down the body,it is independent despite some of its short comings

The law has made it very clear who has to be appointed to which position in ELECAM.The law has spelt out the kind of persons to be appointed and how they are going to function. Most important,they have immunities and financial autonomy. The president has to appoint members in consultation with members of opposition parties in parliament and the civil society. It however depends on the good faith of the President. If the president is of bad faith, it is a different issue; it does not cancel the fact that the elements of ELECAM makes it independent.Remember I said ELECAM is an independent body if the law laying its functioning is respected. If you think, the president appointing members of ELECAM in consultation with ..., makes it not an independent body; who you think should appoint members of ELECAM?
I already mentioned that the fact that ELECAM will publish only election trends is a weakness of ELECAM.Something with a weakness maintains its name. what do you think?
According to the law laying down the organisation of NEO, it can never be termed an independent body even if the president is of good faith.

I buy your point that every one should go and register, ready to vote and be prepared to fight if the final out come of elections does not reflect the election trends.


Akoson is completely right that that fanciful type of a thing is not independent in any sense.We cannot assume that if it is put into use,it will become independent.If it is put into use by a lame-duck president,how can it be independent? Since the day they hastily pushed it through Parliament,it ceased to be independent. Whether it is functioning now or not ,it is already a biased orientate piece of scrap.But i`m for the point you guys have been putting forward,that we register,vote, and hold to account those who have been responsible for active rigging.Fon,whom did the President consult last time before appointing Nico Halle,Acha Morfaw? May be we should expect "in consultation with" in a dream world.


I think you missed my point.From the draft,it is an independent body with short comings. It is its implimentation that may turn out to be something else. If the president goes ahead to appoint members of the commission against the wish of Cameroonians, then it will be bad faith as usual(case of members of NEO as you mentioned).In other words he must have put aside ELECAM. Then that is something else and not that the elements of ELECAM do not make it an independent body.

The SDF has studied ELECAM and seen that she can try it. That is why we need it put in place before any election.


It seems beyond pardon and senselessly incomprehensible to tag ELECAM an independent electoral commission. This is a delibrate attempt to misinform Camerounians and the international community of the real nature of ELECAM.

Fon, I accept with you in toto that appointing members of ELECAM doesn't strain it from being independent. But you fail woefully to gather that the independence of a body MUST start from the process of appointment of the members right up to the point of proclaiming results. It doesn't end somewhere around the middle. The fact that it wouldn't proclaim elections is not only a weakness BUT a fact that proofs beyond reasonable doubts that ELECAM is NOT an independent body but a mere window-dressing.

When we talk of an Independent Electoral Commission what do we mean? This is a question we must answer before accepting that we've made a mistake to term ELECAM "independent".

The Son.


It is true that ELECAM is not as independent as Cameroonains would want it to be. By accepting it to manage elections, the SDF's NEC certainly thinks it is manageable.
The big question however is, what will happen if ELECAM organizes elections and the results are rigged? Will the SDF stage a repeat of the 1992 docile scenario or is NEC now ready to take advantage of a divided army?
As we ponder over these issues and make our suggestions, let us make sure we are all registered to vote. If you are out of the country make sure to encourage family at home to register.


The independence of an Election monitoring body can be got if it is deliberated upon by more than one,two ,three people,group of people.A draft can be given independence if it is not tabled by an individual,a party,and singlehandedly adopted to please his whims ,and caprices.From the draft Elecam is not independent,that is why they made consultations to give this draft independence,but fell short because of bad
faith.Independence means able to take one`s decisions without unnecessary meddling.How
can a draft that is said to be unable to organise elections,but only publish trends be said to be independent?


"It is true that ELECAM is not as independent as Cameroonains would want it to be"(FRUNTAH)

watesih, to cut a long story short, I stand by the above statement of FRUNTAH. It is a summary of what I have been trying to put across.


...if Biya gives the SDF ELECAM and thrashes us in an election what will the SDF tell the world? ...
The answer to this question is simple Akoson. If ELECAM is fully implemented, there is no way the CPDM can thrash us as you say. They know this very well, that is why they initially intended to delay its implementation for 5 years, now reduced to 18 months.
Information from the field indicate that militants have digested the message dissipated in Limbe and registration is becoming stormy (level 0). This implies that some form of voter apathy seen in opposition strongholds outside the NW province could be a thing of the past. Heavy turn-out for elections definitely puts the SDF on the advantage, so there would be no way Biya would thrash us at that level (say level 1).
Now, if ELECAM as it stands is permitted to announce trends from polling stations (level 1),then we shall automatically supercede previous results engineering in D.O offices(level 2). This article in ELECAM facilitates the cross-checking of results and permits us to have at least more tangible material for the international committee, if Biya "thrashes" us using level 3 or 4 (i.e MINTAD or constitutional court).
So to answer your question, ELECAM partially helps us in overcoming level 2. And also provides Me Mbah Ndam, Mbami, Sama and co. with legal material to protect us in level 3 and 4.
According to NEC, this might disrupt the rigging machinery we are used to , despite the major loopholes in ELECAM.
My problem is, the Biya regime is always smart in coming in with new tactics. So what do we do in such a case, the answer is as well simple: VIGILANCE!!!


Good talk back there Feli! You didn't fail to re-inkindle the almost last burning embass in me. I'm delighted with your piece.

So I therefore enjoin all and sundry to go behind the SDF and support them to press for ELECAM. When ELECAM is given then we must be vigilant and protect our votes by all cost.

Feli, know what??? A good number of questions still cross my mind.

I'll bring them as we move foward.

PLEASE EVERYBODY SHOULD GO REGISTER NOW! Call your family members to go register.

The Son!



I won't say ELECAM is independent. I'd rather say it is an instrument that could potentially organize fair elections which won't be necessarily free, but fair. Which, hey, you know, is a major step.If that's all we've got, then that's all we've got. However, we want to go to the polls with the best mechanism that our laws have to offer, which at this time is ELECAM. Not even in the greatest democracies do elections go hitch free. Mr. Bush may not have been president of the USA if the Supreme Court didn't order that the recounting of votes in Florida stop.

I however have not really a vision but i'll call it so for Cameroon. I think Cameroon will fare well if we at least returned to the federal system. What I'm more concerned with in the Federal system in the Judicial system. The French majority in Cameroon is killing the Common Law system along with its traditions, and this unfortunately is happening at the watch of anglophone parlimentarians (and worse, one of them is a Judge). I think if there are 2 things that the British left us with, one of them is the education system, and the second is the Common Law legal system. And these people are taking this away from us. I strongly believe that if we are allowed to elect our judges (meaning ENAM should only be a school to train judges who've been elected) from a pool of qualified lawyers or maybe law professors(as in the civil law system), Cameroon will be in a better position. Basically, if we get people who know the meaning of respecting laws, then Cameroon will move forward in the right direction.

Gone are the days when the law used to evolve in Cameroon. Did you know that it was a Common Law Judge late Anyangwe, CJ who defined marriage in Cameroon as we have it today before it was replicated in Cameroonian law? He defined marriage as the union of one man to one or more women to the exclusion of others. While this definition raises gender sensitivities, what i'm lauding here is the work of the judges. Of course this definition can be revised, if of course women play better politics and get into parliament and battle it out - hey this is a debate am not getting into.

I just find it appalling that the legal systems in Cameroon are being unified sort of to the detriment of the Common law. the new criminal procedure code may have its pluses but it also came with its negatives. The fact that both the criminal and civil portions of an action have been combined to me is a negative. in Common law, there are two distinct legal standards to prove a case under both. the beyond reasonable doubt, which is more difficult to prove is normally used in Criminal cases. Now, civil cases use a more subtle standard called the preponderance of the evidence approach. it is just disspeakable that one would lose a civil suit just because the more stringent approach was relied upon as per the new criminal procedure law.

In sum, (1) Cameroons bar council needs to do some house cleaning, propose legislation, may be even institute law school beyond the first degree
(2) we need to be able to elect our judges and may be prosecutors that way they'll work for us knowing they could lose their seats if they fail to perform
(3) I think privatisation is not necessarily a bad thing. i just don't think Cameroon is doing it right. If I were president or was in charge, I'll create sort of system where every Cameroonian has a number. Since it may be unlawful to just assign numbers to people without any rational reason, we could pin it to social security (which is badly handled in Cameroon, but it exists though), and then I'LL GIVE OUT LOANS TO GROUPS OF PEOPLE, COMMUNITIES OR INDIVIDUALS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO BUY SHARES IN COMPANIES BEING PRIVATISED, TURNING THEM INTO PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. This way we'd create 'nouveaux riches' in Cameroon and the economy will definitely and surely boom. now, you just don't hand the money to them for them to dissapear, u need to put securities in place/collateral. these could be the shares in the companies which they are buying. Moreover, you partner with major Western countries regarding prosecution and repartriation of defaulters. We all know the countries where Cameroonians like to travel and live in. not too many of them will want to live in Chad for e.g.

just imagine, say about 10,000 people graduate from universities in cameroon each year. If these people partner up, get government loans (and these funds can be given in such a way that they cannot be cashed. for e.g. bonds - they can only be traded in for shares in companies and only those companies can then convert the bonds into cash), buy shares in businesses or stocks anywhere in Cameroon, create wealth, become independent.

I think the manner in which privatisation is being done in Cameroon is being forced onto us by the World bank and IMF people, or may be not but we need to try more often to think outside of the box.

I really am sorry for going off the topic. I just had to get this off my chest and see if any politician will pick it up- u know and see if it it may work. I really have it all structured out and i can provide some details on it.

M Nje

I am very impress with your good discussion. Many of us advocate for a restoration of the independence of Southern Cameroons because we share many of the ideas you just expressed. But in the present entity called La Republique Du Cameroun they (Governor Biya and his boss in Paris) do not understand what you are talking about. I think you are drawing your inspiration from the federal system of government that exist in the U.S.A.

The French don`t like federation because it will mean Paris will not be receiving “royalty” from it eternal colonies. But Federation has worked well in the U.S.A. Canada, and Nigeria. One of the benefits of federation is that almost everybody in a high public office get to be elected by the people including judges. The people get to elect and run their local government. What role do unelected D.O., and S.D.O. have in a democracy. I just don`t get it.

La Republique continuous to copy a failed SOCIALIST system from France. Look at the French economy and compare it with its peers. It is, for the most part, stagnant. How a country like La Republique can continue to copy from a failed master is just beyond my understanding.

Some times many people do not understand why we are strongly advocating for a restoration of the independence of Southern Cameroons. I am glad you brought some of the reasons out: a declined in our Anglo-Saxon heritage especially in the area of education and common law , a return to a system of government in which the PEOPLE (through their votes) rule and not MEN.

My friend, any country that does not create conditions for its own citizens (especially those abroad) to invest and prosper, will hardly attract foreign investment. When a country has official corruption, when the judiciary is an arm of the executive, and when the tax code is a nightmare, that country is on a one-way drive to failure.

Remember that there is a strong cultural different between the a french system of government and an English system of government.

What we inherited from the British was a system of government based on accountability to the people, openness in government, and a clear distinction between civil servants and employee of the private sector. In short, power comes from the Creator to the people who then entrust it to their leaders through election.

Those in East Cameroun instead believe that the government through its leader is supreme, is not accountable to the public, no need for openness in government. Power comes from the Creator to the Head of State and he decides how it should be share.

Most of the ideas that you suggested like trading on bonds etc etc are what we think we can create in Southern Cameroons. The present system ran from France does not give room for that.

The English and French cultural heritage have very little in common. That is were most of the problems lie.


Rexon said
"The SDF need to rethink its strategy esspecially with regards to its relationship with Mr Biya and La Republique Francaise Du Cameroun."

So Rexon,what strategies will you propose?



You and I might understand that i am better off not discussing anything good or bad about the SDF. I dont want to get into the nerves of any prophet of theirs. I think i wrote something about culture and strategies a few weeks ago, i explained issues relating to the internalised strategy of the SDF based on adoring a cult hero of the type of NJFN and how their mistakes can affect our political conciousness. I tried to advise them to be wary of the impact of some of their actions and how they can apply creativity and objectivity in their approach to La Repubique's government. So if you want, you can go through it and read again.


(An Expat's take on life in Anglophone Cameroon)
As I’ve said time and again, the majority of my problems here come from men. “Big man” syndrome is an epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

John and I were in a car on Friday when we were stopped at a gendarme checkpoint. During the 20 kilometers from Bamenda to Mbengwi, there are about 5 checkpoints. At any one of these checkpoints, a gendarme may ask you for your ID (then refuse to return it until you pay him). He may be anywhere between moderately and extremely intoxicated. Despite the fact that the Northwest is an Anglophone province, he may speak not a lick of English. And the semi-automatic that he has slung over his arm may be loaded.
Such was the case on Friday, when a gendarme felt it necessary to ask the seven passengers of our car for papers. He was demanding this in French. After a day of being yelled at, grabbed at, and hissed at by men on the streets of Bamenda who think that’s the way to woo a white woman, John and I didn’t really feel like speaking French. Not that we don’t want to or that we can’t, but we shouldn’t have to.
We’re in an Anglophone region. Gendarmes should have to be able to linguistically accommodate the population that they’re serving, not the other way around. I know that things in the developing world are rarely right or fair, but it is just ridiculous that a 20-year-old Francophone kid will put on a gendarme uniform, drink 10 litres of beer, grab his rifle, and then think that he has the right to bully a 70-year-old woman because she speaks only Pidgin English. (Yes, I am getting increasingly livid as I write this.)
Anyway, John and I were sharing the front seat of the Toyota Corolla on Friday, I by the door and she on the stick shift. The gendarme moseyed up and opened the door next to me, demanding ID cards in French. “Don’t say anything in French,” John told me. When he leaned in and said it again, John just said, “I don’t understand French.” At this point the gendarme went off, semi-automatic six inches from my face, yelling, “I am not here to play with you! Do you understand? I am not here to play!”
And as easily as that, you find yourself with a problem: Do you do what’s right and stand up to the man who’s about to yell the same thing at the old pa in the backseat, knowing that you have more leverage because of your skin color? Or do you take notice of and respect the fact that there happens to be a clip in the gun that he has in his hand? Nothing else happened that day, of course. He asked for the cards in English and we gave them. He gave an old man in the backseat a hard time because he didn’t have his ID on him, and then we continued on our way. For the next ten minutes, everybody in the car ranted about the nerve of the gendarme and how he did not have “a good fashion.”

The hierarchy of power within Cameroonian society is infuriating to me, as a woman. Most men here treat women simply as property. This is perhaps most frustrating because so many of the women here buy into that. And it’s particularly maddening when men here treat me like I should respond with the attitude that I am something to be had, like I should be so lucky that they would deign to talk to me. I had a gendarme try to follow me into the latrine of a restaurant one time. He held his hand out to keep me from closing the door between us and asked, “I cannot come in here with you?” He seemed taken aback when I responded, “No. Get away from me.” He thought that since he’s a big man in a uniform, naturally I would be nothing less than honored to have anonymous sex with him in the bathroom. When I came out, he was still waiting for me. He gave me his business card, “You will telephone me, no?” No. I still have his card. Would it be wrong of me to post a picture of it on here? I might get a semi-automatic in the face for releasing his name.

Like so many of the problems that I have here in Cameroon, there’s no real solution. Women here will not be burning their bras before I leave. Nor will big men give the “good” seat near the car window to a young mother with a sick child.

There are some things that I just have to accept while I’m here, or they’d drive me crazy. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. And it doesn’t mean I ever have to speak French just to placate an irate drunk man who doesn’t understand Pidgin. Note to the Cameroonian government: give your gendarmes language training. It’s only right. And fair.

Scribbles from the Den


The Law man is around again! That was great Ftroit. Those are the kind of fine initiatives we need to better our country - Southern Cameroons. You've started campaigning already on the postnewsline..."If i'M PRESIDENT...".

Just join us at "The Futures Of Southern Cameroons" and leave a few pages of your papers. There we debate and give loopholes to proposals. And then unanimously come up with a better draft.

We're glad to have you again but don't derail the course of the argument.

The Son.


The British High Commissioner was in Douala last Monday January 15, 2007 to launch a British Council organised training seminar for journalists on “Election Reporting and Ethical Journalism” and to offer a reception to a section of the British Royal Navy that was visiting Cameroon. While proposing a toast at a Dinner that held at the Meridien Hotel, Syd Maddicott recognised the sacrifices Cameroonians made in order that the country to reached the completion point of the Highly Indebted and Poor Countries(HIPC) initiative.

He also praised president Paul Biya for initiating ELECAM and promulgating the new criminal procedure code that to him was more human-rights friendly. He finally wished that the country fared well in 2007 both in the political, social and economic domains. In this interview granted at the end of the ceremony, the British diplomat refutes allegations that his country imposed the created of ELECAM.On the Anglophone question, he prescribes more respect and goodwill towards the minority community.

Dikalo : Great Britain has always been in favour of the creation of an independent electoral commission in Cameroon. What interpretation do you give to Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) the body that would henceforth supervise the election process in Cameroon. Does it respond to the aspirations of the British government in its search for an independent electoral commission for Cameroon?

H.E. Syd Maddicott: Let me say that the initiative for ELECAM is entirely a Cameroonian initiative. Britain supports the government in its decision to introduce the electoral commission, but is was a decision of the president himself to act on the advice of the Commonwealth following the 2004 presidential election, as I understand it. So that was a decision that we played no part in. Where Britain has played a role is that the Cameroonian government having decided in principle to research what form an election commission might take, by looking at the electoral arrangements in other countries and Britain was one of the counties that Cameroonian ministers and officials visited. They also visited Canada and other countries in East, West and Southern Africa. So, I would not ascribe this directly to British involvement. But certainly, we welcome the fact that the government made this decision and that the law has now been through parliament and we await its final promulgation. So let us be very clear. We have not been crafting proposal for an independent electoral commission for Cameroon. The help that Cameroon has been getting has been from the Good Offices Division of the Commonwealth secretariat. And under Hon. Joe Clarke, the former Canadian prime minister who on more than one occasion brought a large Commonwealth team to Cameroon. I would salute the work that Joe Clarke and his colleagues have done. This brings in people from all over the Commonwealth like Mauritius, I think India and other places. So it is by no means a British thing.

Dikalo: You should have gone through the law. Does it reflect the aspirations of a country that is aspiring for democracy?

H. E. Syd Maddicott: I think more important than the lecture of the law, I know lots of people have voiced opinion about the form the law should take. But rather than be overly concerned about the lecture of the law, I think what is much more important is that the government has the political will to make it work. I think I can’t answer the question about whether it would work as intended now, that is the question we would have to look at again in about a year’s time.

Dikalo: It’s application seems to be delayed, in 18 months after its promulgation into law. Don’t you think this may defeat government’s goodwill to organise free and fair elections?

H.E. Syd Maddicott: Well, the timing is the decision of the government of course. But the truth is that looking at elections in June, I am not sure that it would not be possible to have an independent electoral commission take complete charge of them. I do hope ELECAM would play some sought of role in the next elections.

Dikalo: We know Britain came to Cameroon through the former West Cameroon and you say the British High Commission is here for all Cameroonians, Francophone or Anglophones. The problem is that Anglophones say they feel marginalized in the management of state affairs. Where does the British government stand?

H.E. Syd Maddicott: The British government does not take a position on a question like that. It would be inappropriate. But let me offer a little bit of my experience. My last posting was in the British High Commission in Ottawa. And in Ottawa you have exactly the reverse of what obtains in Cameroon. The country’s linguistic majority is Anglophone, almost exactly the same percentage as Francophones in Cameroon. And I think it is very easy when you are in a minority to feel marginalized. I see quite some Anglophone Cameroonians in senior positions. So, I wouldn’t want to pronounce on whether the Anglophone problem is real or imaginary. But I think clearly some Anglophones feel there is a problem. Is it a question of hypersensitivity among Anglophones, I don’t really know.

Dikalo: If you were to advise the Cameroonian government on how to handle the question of minorities, what would you tell them?

H. E. Syd Maddicott. : What I said to English speaking Canadians when I was in Canada was always to exercise the maximum amount of respect and goodwill towards minority communities. But I think that applies to minority communities everywhere. In the United Kingdom we have minority communities. It is very easy for a minority community to feel marginalized.

Dikalo. : What prospects do you foresee for Cameroon?

H. E. Syd Maddicott: Cameroon is a great country. I enjoy being here. Everybody says Cameroon has a lot of potentials, I hope to see Cameroon realise its potentials and to start doing so very soon. One of the other thing was improving the business climate. I certainly hope to see some moves being made in that direction during 2007. It is very important for the country to try and attract foreign business investment and to encourage domestic business as well.

Dikalo: What is your appreciation of the impact of French on both written and spoken English in Cameroon?

H.E. Syd Maddicott : I don’t think it has impacted on my English yet, but I am afraid my English impact rather a lot on my French. I would like to apologise to all of the French language who hear me murder their language from time to time. But, I am amazed at the linguistic diversity of Cameroon. I have got members of my staff who speak a couple of local Cameroonian languages, who then speak English and French and pidgin as well, which is certainly not a language I understand. I am impressed by their linguistic skills. I don’t notice that Cameroonian English is much affected by French. In certain official documents there are certain phrases that have been borrowed from France and from Cameroonian French that I see. But I do not see the two languages interacting that much. But English after all is a language where about a third of the words were borrowed from French in the first place. So as far as English speakers are concerned we shouldn’t care about that.
Interviewed by Mokun Njouny Nelson (DIKALO, Douala)


"After more than eight hours of intense deliberations behind closed doors, presided at by National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, NEC decided that they will not go for the forthcoming elections if NEO, National Elections Observatory organises them."No ELECAM, no elections," Fru Ndi told the press". End.

But encourages voters to go register through the very DO's SDO's that has been rigging previous elections,and that you want to see expunged from the voting process?So they could register voters now? The Functions of ELECAM gang begins and end where?

"He said their resolve was based on grounds that it was the Head of State, Paul Biya, himself, who initially said that: "There will be no elections in Cameroon without an independent body to manage them." SDF Chairman" FRU NDI.

Resolve this time was based on grounds that it was the Head of State, Paul Biya, himself, who initially said that: "There will be no elections in Cameroon without an independent body to manage them." No longer on the "strongest Oppostion" assertion in the 90 s to see an independent body put in place to conduct the joke.



Dont you see how their militants are flip-flopping in attempting to defend ELECAM and define IEC.

I have advised them that they should not bring their ballot boxes in the Southern Cameroons. Registering and contesting elections in the Southern Cameroonian territory amounts to trespassing and gross human rights violation.


Power to anglocameroonians,

The Government is good at creating bodies but not making them active. The house of senate is in text but not active. Now ELECAM. Let the opposition try what they can, but if the masses don't stand up to fight with them then no way. Many do want change but are shy to put up a struggle. They want things to happen fast through the efforts of few, which they criticize on a daily basis

Some useless idiots will be chanting motion of support to the President because they feed on crumbs. But will vilify those who are fighting for a course. Its a shame.


Hi my dear Ambazonians,
I delighted after this great search to land on this blog commenting on our cries.
The article that reads: NO ELECAM, No Election tells a great tale.
I for one is strongly against Ni John Fru as he is not practising democracy within his party (how long has been in that sea). One thing for sure is that Mr. Fru Ndi is there for his own personal interest not that of the Ambazonians. I will like to point it clear that we (AMBAZONIANS) are not going to rest until will have our independent state from Cameroun be it through peace or by war. I will discourage all people of AMBAZONIA not to register and vote. War will loom soon, why now do you thing Biya and his crews will get things right for AMBAZONIA people. We are long overdue to break these continuous sufferings.
A good question to all Ambazonians: When we start a cvil war to liberate our Nation, will you give your support?


Anyone who is interested in the liberation of Ambazonia by the only means of true liberation can contact me on impulzetek[a] WE HAVE BEEN IN BONDAGE FOR MORE THAN 40 YRS AND WE STILL SMILE WITH OUR ENEMY. Where on earth that someone who doesn't speak or understand your language becomes a king in your land, tell me.? Let the struggle for freedom / liberation fall short to our people.


Dear ALL,
Mr. Biya & his cronies are not unbeatable. They can be beaten with their ELECAM - that's why they're afraid to put it in place. That said, former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf created ONEL; Me Wade used it & beat him in an election. Today Mr. Diouf's party is fighting for an IEC. If he had created IEC, his comrades won't be finghting for it today. And so, if Mr. Biya has come up with what he called ELECAM & doesn't want it to be put in place, it means he's beatable when MINATD & ONEL are off the scene!

So, Cameroonians of good faith should fight for the putting in place of ELECAM. May be most people don't know, if ELECAM is effectively put in place; she carries out registration of Cameroonians of voting age (say 20), then, SDF is as sure as forming the next government. In a nutshell, let's harness our energies to ensure that the next elections are conducted by ELECAM.

I won't belabour on this brouhaha between SDF & SCNC. Everyone knows where he/she is heading to. If some people are passing around today as SCNC activists; abandon their mission & spend time condemning SDF, they're wasting their time. We won't retort for we have a lot to do. We were in Victoria; they promised us hell, but when we triumphantly entered Victoria, they fled as they've been fleeing from their responsibilities. Fighting for freedom is not on the post webpage or on ages of newspapers, but in the towns & villages of the Cameroons. Former President Mandela is a living example.

The best thing is to ignore these people!




UBSU Claim Man Hunt

The chairman of the university of Buea students union, Donatus Wan Obi says a man hunt has been mounted against them and they have been living in fear.
Speaking to Eden over the phone, wan Obi said the leaders are being followed and their movements and activities monitored.He said they have been receiving death threats. Wan Obi would not understand why the threats, but laid his suspicion on the administration and the national security.
He disclosed on campus a list of students is being compiled for compensation for injuries during the crisis, but said he, and the other prominent leaders of UBSU have rejected such a move. Wan-Obi said accepting such compensation does not fall within the approved social insurance policies is not only acceptable but will destroy the spirit and appropriate procedures through which their matter is being pursued.
UBSU still stands on the grounds of an imminent legal action which is already being pursued.
Wan Obi said the matter is receiving adequate attention in the appropriate quarters.
Tiku Tambe, a Human rights activist is handling the matter following a document submitted to him a fortnight ago
Among the student leaders who have turned down the compensation proposal are Wan Obi, UBSU chairman, Co-chairman, Mboh Tanyi, UBSU Vice president Ashu Kinsley, chief of administrative board, Alan Martin and Bisong Martin.

"The actions of one generation, become the history of the next generation, and the histories of several generations become the traditions of a people." ... Dr. Wade Nobles
History is a clock that people use to tell their political time of day. It is a compass that they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It also tells them where they are, and what they are. Most importantly, an understanding of history tells a people where they still must go, and what they still must be.
Dr. John Henrik Clarke (


Can you please expartiate on this clause of yours ... "May be most people don't know, if ELECAM is effectively put in place; she carries out registration of Cameroonians of voting age (say 20), then, SDF is as sure as forming the next government. In a nutshell, let's harness our energies to ensure that the next elections are conducted by ELECAM"...

I have a copy of this masquerade ELECAM and might have gotten it wrong because Im afraid ELECAM might just be another filibuster for you guys!Check it out!Maybe Im wrong .


ELECAM or no ELECAM Mr Fru Ndi can only survive by being very optimistic and hopeful as he has done all through. But someone has to tell him that his vision means little or no hope to millions of Cameroonians any longer.He is not just the right person to change Cameroon political crisis.Due to the fact that he is very corrupt and selfish, he ought to resign as chairman of SDF.

Ma Mary

Ftroit's posting far above about the law is like mango tree full of ripe fruit. Unfortunately the Camerounese will not maximize those. It is time for us to do our own thing. [BTW where is that great philosopher, Dr Agbormbai? May his new year be a prosperous one]

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21 February 1960 Constitutional Referendum*
1. Main Points: Presidential System of Government, Federal Constitution, One Federal Chamber
Voter Turnout: 75.5%
Total Votes: 1,328,573
Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 797,498 60.03%
"No" Votes 531,075 39.97%

*This referendum was conducted only in French Cameroon.

10 April 1960 National Assembly Election*
Voter Turnout: N/A
The Cameroonian Union (UC) won a majority of seats in the assembly
*Election conducted only in French Cameroon.

1964 National Assembly Election
Voter Turnout: N/A
In East Cameroon, the Cameroonian Union (UC) won the election. The Kamerun National Democratic Party (KNDP) won the election in West Cameroon. No figures available.
Single Party Elections
Sole Legal Party: Cameroonian National Union (UNC) 1966-1985; Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) 1985-1990

28 March 1970 Presidential Election (Ahmadou Ahidjo re-elected unopposed)

20 May 1972 Referendum Main Points: Abolish the two state federation, the creation of a Unitary System of Government, and increased presidential powers. Voter Turnout: 98.2% Total Votes: 3,178,022 Results Number of Votes % of Votes "Yes" Votes 3,177,846 99.99% "No" Votes 176 00.01%

18 May 1973 National Assembly Election (120 Seats)

05 April 1975 Presidential Election (Ahmadou Ahidjo re-elected unopposed)
28 May 1978 National Assembly Election (120 Seats)
05 April 1980 Presidential Election (Ahmadou Ahidjo re-elected unopposed)

29 May 1983 National Assembly Election (120 Seats)
14 January 1984 Presidential Election (Paul Biya elected unopposed)
24 April 1988 Presidential Election (Paul Biya re-elected unopposed with 98.75% of the vote)
24 April 1988 National Assembly Election (120 Seats)

01 March 1992 National Assembly Election*
Voter Turnout: 60.6%
Party Number of Seats (180)
Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) 88
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 68
Movement for the Defense of the Republic (MDR) 18
Union of Cameroonian Populations (UPC) 06

*Two opposition parties, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) and Cameroon Democratic Union (UDC), boycotted the poll.

11 October 1992 Presidential Election
Voter Turnout: 71.9%
Candidate % of Votes
Paul Biya (RDPC) 39.98%
John Fru Ndi (SDF) 35.97%
Bello Bouba Maigari (UNDP) 19.22%
Adamou Ndam Njoya (UDC) 3.62%

17 May 1997 National Assembly Election
Voter Turnout: 75.6%
Party Number of Seats (180)
Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) 109
Social Democratic Front (SDF) 43
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 13
Cameroon Democratic Union (UDC) 05
Movement for the Defense of the Republic (MDR) 01
Union of Cameroonian Populations (UPC) 01
Liberty Movement of the Cameroon Youth (MLJC) 01
Vacant* 07

*The Supreme Court cancelled the election results in seven constituencies due to serious irregularities. On 3 August 1997 further polls were conducted to fill the vacant seats. The RDPC won all of the seats, thus increasing its level of representation in the national assembly to 116.

12 October 1997 Presidential Election*
Voter Turnout: 81.4%
Total Votes: 3,422,055
Candidate Number of Votes % of Votes
Paul Biya (RDPC) 3,167,820 92.6%
Henri Hogbe Ndlend (UPC) 85,693 2.5%
Samuel Eboua (MDP) 83,506 2.4%
Albert Dzongang (PPD) 40,814 1.2%
Joachim Tabi Owono (AMEC) 15,817 0.5%
Antoine N’Demannu (RDPF) 15,490 0.5%
Gustave Essaka (DIC) 12,915 0.4%

*The election was boycotted by three main opposition parties – The Social Democratic Front (SDF), National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP), Cameroon Democratic Union (UDC). A smaller, obscure party, the Union of African Populations (UPA) also joined the boycott.
30 June/15 September 2002 National Assembly Election
Voter Turnout: N/A
Party Number of Seats (180)
Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC) 149
Social Democratic Front (SDF) 22
Cameroon Democratic Union (UDC) 05
Union of the People of Cameroon (UPC) 03
National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) 01

11 October 2004 Presidential Election
Registered Voters: 4,657,748
Total Votes: 3,830,272 [Voter Turnout: 82.2%]
Invalid/Blank Votes: 72,051
Total Valid Votes: 3,758,221
Candidate Number of Votes % of Votes
Paul Biya (RDPC) 2,665,359 70.92%
John Fru Ndi (SDF) 654,066 17.40%
Adamou Ndam Njoya (UDC) 168,318 4.48%
Garga Haman Adji (ADD) 140,372 3.74%
Justin Mouafo (NPC-BUSH) 14,915 0.40%
Yondo Mandengue Black (MNSD) 13,601 0.36%
Anicet Ekane (MANIDEM) 13,290 0.35%
Fritz Pierre Ngo (MEC) 13,122 0.35%
Jean Michel Tekam (PDS) 12,785 0.34%
Victorin Hameni Bieuleu (UFDC) 11,920 0.32%
Boniface Forbin (JDP) 10,542 0.28%
Djeukam Tchameni (MDI) 10,539 0.28%
Jean-Jacques Ekindi (MP) 10,158 0.27%
Hubert Kamgang (UPA) 7,508 0.20%
George Dobgima Nyamndi (SLC) 6,730 0.18%
Gustave Essaka (DIC) 4,996 0.13%

M Nje

“How could the government consult the party to put this body in place,but decides to use a defective NEO again to organise elections? What were these consultations meant for?”

That is part of what politics is about. Let your leaders learn to be smart. How many times do they have to fall prey to the same person (Governor Biya)? When a strategy is not working you change course. That doesn`t seem to be the case with your politicians.

What happened to the demand for a Sovereign National Conference in the 1990s? They settle for Tripartite Talks and turn around and complained.

After taking part in the creation of ELECAM now they are placing the same complain.

“The SDF can NEVER win elections in Cameroon with or without ELECAM. If that must happen, then NOT Biya's era. Quote me anywhere!”

Akoson, anyone who doubt your statement should consult the results above and analysis the trend from 1992. I know there are some of us who have a vision that your statement is not true. From which provinces are those votes going to come to get t majority in any election. How do they do the math? The laws in La Republique including electoral Laws are under the control of the Head of State. He can hire and fire at will. He can even dissolve parliament. As long as those laws are in place he can alway will the results of any election.



Hi Tayong,
Honestly speaking ELECAM is not IEC. But then, which way forward? Fold our arms & pray the Almighty God to help us? Don't they say God help those who help themselves? In other words making some good out of a bad thing.

What I'm saying is that if ELECAM can register Cameroonians of voting age & their cards given, we're as good winning the forthcoming elections. You'd know that the worst part of rigging is during registration. If we overcome this under ELECAM, the rest will be handled by our members in the field. Just imagine that we've between 8 to 9 million registered Cameroonians & about 8 million succeed in casting their votes.........then, we're as sure as forming the 1st ever people-oriented government since Independence & Reunification.

I know what I'm saying because I'm constantly in the field feeling the heartbeats of Cameroonians yearning for change. The slightest fairness, RDPC is out of power for good - that is why they believe in doing things "progressively" a.k.a within 18 months.

If FRU NDI has failed as you're alluding, why not create your own party & correct him? Or simply mobilise the people & evict Biya from power. Remember that Kabila shadowed Tshisikedi because he (Tshisikedi) had "failed"?




M Nje,
Easier said than done! Our leaders will boycot elections,and are called names.They will go in for elections but are still called names.These our leaders are in serious need of strategies from your leaders,so make haste to outline the strategies now.We are tired of arm-chair criticisms without outlining the course the change of strategy has to take.If taking part in putting the Elecam in place is politics,then the SDF is playing it step by step,till the century it will find its way to power.I like challenging questions about the SDF,not vague sing-song about Fru Ndi,or the SDF,without any way forward.The SDF strategy is not working,but whose results has Biya been rigging? Your answer is as good as mine!


Little said than done. We shouldn't talk of Fru Ndi nor Paul Biya, who are very corrupt and undemocratized to the core.

The question I earlier put on this forum, what do we do to take what belong to us, The Southern Cameroons? Aren't we ashame that we speak, write, drink and sleep over our on destinies? What if we engage on a combat and take what belongs to us? People, we should remember that the so-called Biya nor Fru Ndi are there for their own gains and interests, I have no love nor respect for them, as time will come that they will decide what is right for them. I would like to urge any son and daugther of the struggle to take up arms and regain our land. Our wealth, natural resources, our images, reputations, prides and you name the rest are managed by so-call La Republique. Shame again to all those who are mere writers of confusion in this forum. If we have convictions to liberate and take what belongs to us, contact me SO IT WILL HAPPEN!!!


If you fight nor you don't fight to liberate our land from La Republique, we are going to die one day.
I will love to die as a hero than a coward and seeing our children downline begging for what belong to them. Watch Ma space!!


All what they have taken from us, we must destroy them, Presidency,Airports, Cartier Generale, Ministries, Roads, hospitals, Government offices, Markets, schools, a guerilla style will be implemented for them to feel that stealing is not good. How long have we been under bondages 44years (Long before I was born). Freedom has come and it comes in a nutshell.

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