More Cameroonians are registering to vote today than in previous years, new data released Monday by the election body show.
A city dweller supplies digital tomb prints biometric data in Yaounde Tuesday as voter registration opened
Over half a million new voters registered in the year just ending, doubling the number that did so in 2015, according to the figures from Elections Cameroon.
Elecam outstripped its 2016 forecast by more than 500%, an indication that deep-rooted voter apathy could be going away.
In a coincidence on the electoral calendar, all major elections, namely the voting of councillors, parliamentarians, and the president will take place in 2018.
The first ever regional council elections prescribed by the constitution are still pending.
This year’s voter registration window opened on Tuesday and will run until 31 August 2017.
Dozens of inhabitants of Yaounde became the first to be registered this year at a registration outpost set up at the city centre.
DG of Elections Babale was out Tuesday to inspect the fist voter registrations for 2017
Elecam hopes to beat its 2016 record by 25% and has planned a series of outreach events throughout the country in the coming weeks and months.
In all, 510,000 people registered on the electoral roll in 2016. Among them were 9,000 Cameroonians living abroad and more than 30,000 people with disabilities.
“In 2017, our target is 650,000 new voters,” Abdoulaye Babale, the director general of elections. “We have new enrollment kits which are more performant.”
Registration is taking place during working hours in 360 municipalities with Elecam local branches and stations. Officials plan to set up makeshift voter stations throughout the country to increase access.