Elections Cameroon (Elecam) hopes to pull off a massive feat over the next weeks by registering 20,000 first-time voters in 20 days.The drive to boost voter registration is unprecedented, coming less than two years shy of major elections in 2018.
It is part of the annual revision of the roll of voters, the electoral organ said in a statement Friday, calling on young people to turn up at registration points in “great numbers”.
“Opperation enrolling 20,000 youths in 20 days”, as the campaign is dubbed, begins on Monday 8 February at Elecam branch offices throughout the country and targets voters between 20 and 35.
Mobile teams will also register potential voters, who are required to show a valid national identity card.
The earliest elections come in 2018, when the presidential and senate mandates expire.
In 2007, more than 7.2 million people registered to vote but less than five million of them turned up to pick the president.
Voter registration has nearly doubled since the outset of multiple candidate elections in 1992, when a little over four million people registered for the parliamentary election in March of that year.
Registration is not always a guarantee that everyone will vote. Voter turnout has risen but peaked about 80 percent in the last three elections.
Elecam has not released new voter registration figures. Ahead of the 2011 election, the organ estimated that eight to nine million Cameroonians were eligible to vote.