Elections Cameroon will spend March ramping up the number of female voters, who lag behind men in the updated electoral register by tens of thousands.
The election management body hopes to register up to 30,000 new female voters by the end of the month, in a drive timed to coincide with the International Women’s Day.
It is coming just after a similar drive targeting young potential voters in February, which produced more than 40,000 new card holders within 20 days, twice the campaign’s target.
Elecam says the month-long focus on women will help increase female participation in politics. It will also close a gender gap in the roll of voters.
Cameroon holds major elections, including a presidential race, in 2018. Pundits speculate an early poll, possibly between the end of the year and 2017, following calls by members of the ruling party.
More than 91,000 new voters have already registered in the last two months, twice the number that registered during the same period last year, according to the most recent data.
Across the country, more men have registered than women by a ratio of almost two to one. In January and February 2016, more than 20,000 more men registered than women.
The gender gap is at variance with the composition of the population, which is 51 percent or more women. The disparities go back many years, according to the data made available to us.