Pursuant to Section 187 of the Electoral Code, competent services of ELECAM started examining candidacy papers 15 days after the electorate was convened to the polls and had up to 60 days before the elections to publish the lists of candidates.
“The Electoral Board shall draw up and publish the lists of candidates at least 60 (sixty) days before the date of the poll,” Section 18 of the Electoral Code reads.
Given that electors were convened to the polls on November 9, 2019, ELECAM must publish the lists of candidates Monday in line with the provisions of the law.
The Electoral Board may disqualify candidacy files if they fall short of the various sociological components and gender aspects of the constituency as provided for by Section 218(3) of the Electoral Code. Section 184 states that the following shall also be rejected: incomplete lists; lists not containing the documents and items referred to in this law, lists including candidates who are not members of the party concerned.
Section 189 goes further to add that: “(1) The decision to accept or reject a list of candidates may be challenged before the competent administrative court by a candidate, the representative of the list concerned or of any other list or by an elector whose name appear on the electoral register of the council concerned.
“(2) Disputes or complaints shall be filed by simple petition within 5 (five) days following the publication of lists of candidates.”
The competent administrative court shall rule within five days following the filing of the petition and the decision of the competent administrative court shall be notified immediately to the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon for enforcement and to the other parties concerned.
According to Section 188 of law n° 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 relating to the Electoral Code, amended and supplemented by law n° 2012/017 of 21 December 2012:
“If a candidate whose name appears on a list dies or is disqualified, he may be replaced, not later than 30 (thirty) days to the opening of the poll by another candidate, in accordance with the procedure for the nomination of candidates.”