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« Law N° 2011/013 of 13 July 2011: Relating To Voting By Cameroonian Citizens | Main | Issues and Questions about Cameroon’s Diaspora Voting Act (Part II) »

August 07, 2011

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Hongla Duke

Thanks for this largely "technical" and comparative analysis of the voting law; I must confess that I have always been an advocate of Diaspora voting without giving any thought to the issues and challenges of extending the vote to Cameroonians abroad. Looking forward to part II

 DR. PETER  VAKUNTA

Mola,
This whole legislative hoax is what it is-- a hoax intended to throw some dust into the eyes of the International Community which is calling on Biya to shape up or quit. The October Presidential election in Cameroon will be yet another gigantic fraud for the reasons I have adumbrated in one of my articles on this matter earlier.
Follow the link:
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=142502905831755

cadmun

Despite its shortcomings, the recent presidential decree,is a progressive step in our young democracy.The reporter has rightly raised pertinent questions such as "why Only Presidential Elections and Referendums?"It is easy to raise such questions, providing a satisfactory answer is difficult.More so, comparing Cameroon to other Western democracies risk missing the issue at stake.Cameroon has had 60 years of independence,with multi-partism emerging in the last 20 years.The United Kingdom on the other hand boast of close to one thousand years of democratic reforms starting with the Charter of Liberties of 1100 and the Magna Carta of 1215.We should show some reservation when making comparism.Some of our country men in the diaspora seem to have acquired a western cultural constitution due to their interaction with western socio-political pattern and organisations,as such they fail to recognize that democratic development is a gradual process and that a vast majority of Cameroonians (including some living abroad) have to be guided through this period of our democratic evolution.I look forward to when we Cameroonians can have a "dispassionate discussion about what is really needed to make the vote of Cameroonians abroad a credible and inclusive one that enriches the democratic process in Cameroon."

martin Enow

This is just another joke and a different dimension for these guys to come up with massive and unacounted for results in the next elections. How can they allow people in Diaspora to vote when they dont accept dual nationality? There is a serious hidden agenda to this. If i was to decide i think people should allow these truants to rule because nothing endures forever so no matter what they will all be dead some day. My only worry is the irrepairable damage they must have done to Cameroon by the time their tenure comes to an end. Its all a farce they will stuff boxes and declare ghost results in favour of the ruling party.

wantim

Mr. Enow, if I understand you correctly, "they" will stuff the ballot boxes because they don't allow dual nationality? What is the link? Are there more Cameroonian dual nationals abroad than legal Cameroonian citizens??? Probably only about 10-15% of Cameroonians are dual citizens, so their vote is not a game changer by any means.

Marxcell (Prof)

Wantim your question to Enow should not be whether they more "dual national" because the current law does not provide such a bifurcation. Legal are what they are. My beef with inference of illegal is this ..who is saying they are illegals? Cameroon? Again there is no 10-15% dual national under current law ...you are either a Cameroon National or your passport suggest you a different national.

Candum: I wish you were not too patronizing with your "Some of our country men in the diaspora seem to have acquired a western cultural constitution due to their interaction with western socio-political pattern and organizations, as such they fail to recognize that democratic development is a gradual process and that a vast majority of Cameroonians (including some living abroad) have to be guided through this period of our democratic evolution." You are not convincing anyone here with you whole colloquy.

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