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Friday, 27 July 2007


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Sob Fadil


I think by now, most Cameroonians are fed up with "how elections are rigged" articles. The Postonline can as well commission a volume on the art or politics of election rigging in Cameroun/Cameroon (using comparisons elsewhere to illustrate the case) with the goal to educate humanists, social scientists and those organizations and communities that have a stake in ensuring free and fair elections. Many academics, journalists, human rights activists could be roped in to realize such a work. There are many organizations, such as CODESRIA, that would be delighted to publish it.

I think what is most important at this juncture in Cameroon/Cameroun's history - sorry if I tend to be prescriptive - is understanding the social processes that foster election rigging, that push the likes of Anglophone Cameroonians to join the bandwagon of Le Rassemblement 'démocratique' du Peuple Camerounais, the role of regional administrative officers, academics, chiefs, lamidos - or how the hierarchy from the center radiates and effects corruption at the peripheries, the near or complete disarray within the Social Democratic Front the infighting between the opposition parties and their inability to put up or sustain a vigorous common front. Explaining the phenomenon through the “la politique du ventre” is not enough. Which Cameroonian – perhaps with the singular exception of Cardinal Tumi and a few others (may God bless them) - has not fostered at one point or the other the politics of "le ventre", or given in to the demands of immediacy over principle? Why have 419s “scored” so many goals against civil servants on the eve of their retirement from civil service, including university academics? Certainly Le RDPC understands "Camerounians", which we have unfortunately become, far better than the opposition parties?

I think it’s time to look at both sides of the coin and to tell not just the problem with Cameroon politics, but also the moral dilemmas Cameroonians face.

Talking angrily about leaving the country for the North does not solve our enduring riddle; it would only make the regime too happy to pocket the spoils of the petroleum deposits from the South West Province and to foster its grip on power. Besides, uprooting and ferrying one’s entire family tree to the countries of the North, which also have their own entrenched electoral and immigration problems to contend with, is a gigantic enterprise. What about extended family members, friends and acquaintances that are left behind? Talking of leaving La République du Cameroun for a Southern Cameroonian state, without ridding ourselves of the many viruses that we have inherited from this sullen marriage would not solve the problem either. It would only see the creation of a newly corrupt Fatah at home, and perhaps another radical Hamas. It is easy of course, to overlook the simmering tensions between North and South Westerners at this historical juncture, or to say they are fanned by the RDPC. People are not fools to be easily fanned into fighting each other. People have and do act from a sense of agency or communal interest, often fostered by contextual and historical constraints. However narrowly defined these are, they have to be properly addressed if there is need for concerted action.

Cameroon is suffering from a viral overload of sorts – and without understanding what these social (and other) viruses are and their epidemiology and prevalence, we would be wasting our time in meaningless lamentations, to talk of liberation projects.

Where did the elections go wrong? Who were the actors? Why did they act the way they did? What lessons are to be learned and applied at the personal and social level? What checks and balances can be suggested at all electoral levels, from the local to the international, and what modes of resistance can we foresee and establish for future elections, whether within our current “matrimonial” contexts, or within a newly restored bridal state?

In fact, why have all elections gone wrong in La République du Cameroun since 1992?

My heartfelt greetings and condolences to all☺.

Sob Fadil

Sob Fadil


Given the silence and paucity of articles and comments on the recent elections in Cameroon, I am of the impression that many disappointed Cameroonians are undergoing moments of deep anguish coupled with reflection at the future. I would invite all to express their anguish and reflections - so we could collectively chart out possibilities for concerted action.

However, on more theoretical note, I have been contemplating whether there's such a thing as Post-Electoral Stress Disorder (PESD)?

And if there is, how does it manifest itself in different "democratic" contexts?

What suggestions could be advanced in regards to treatment?

I'm certain that this topic would interest not only human rights activists, political scientists and sociologists, but also diplomats and the entire population.

I would very much welcome a discussion!

Sob Fadil.
M.Phil, Anthropology.

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