YAOUNDE—A surge in new voters has raised the number of people on the electoral register to more than 6.3 million, Elections Cameroon reported Thursday, wrapping up the 2016 registration period.
More than half a million people registered this year, twice as many as did in 2015, said the director general of elections Abdoulaye Babale at a briefing for journalists here.
Of the half million people that registered, more than 402,700 or 84% have already been given voters’ cards, which unlike in previous years, were printed on a monthly basis, Babale said.
The numbers show a steady climb in voter registration, which dropped to just over five million after reaching a peak of more than seven million ahead of the last presidential election in 2011.
In 2013, when municipal and parliamentary elections took place, the number of registered voters was about 5.4 million. It was some 5.6 million in 2014 and 5.9 million at the close of 2015.
Elecam increased registration this year by targeting young people through the month of February and going after women in the month of March. It also narrowed in on different social classes and politically marginalized groups.
Young people registered an average of three times more than adults, with more than 367,000 new voters of 72% of those registering this year. Along gender lines, more men registered than women by about six to four.
The figures released Thursday were already cleaned up, said Babale, referring to the elimination of irregularities such as double and underage entries, as well as the names of dead people.
Voters can only consult the updated register from 20 October, according to a timetable released by Elecam. They will be allowed to request for modifications between 11 November and 29 December, before Elecam publishes a final register by 30 December.
Registration will only begin again on 02 January and run until the end of August next year.
Several elections, including voting a new president, will take place in 2018 if the calendar of elections is respected. The ruling party has been advocating an earlier presidential election, possibly in 2017.