The Commonwealth Expert Team which monitored the September 30, 2013 legislative and municipal elections in Cameroon has released its final report. The team observed among other things that:
Biometric registration brought about better management of the voters’ register. This resulted in smooth registration operations at polling stations and no instances of double voting were observed. The new registration methodology marked a substantial improvement in the transparency and credibility of the electoral process.
Nonetheless, it noted that there were some significant issues that have to be addressed to increase the credibility of future elections, for example,
In relation to the electoral campaign, three key issues emerged. Firstly, while funding was made available to political parties for campaigning, these funds were insufficient and were not made available in time to enable use by political parties for their campaign. Secondly, opposition parties reported that obtaining authorisation for meetings and rallies remained challenging. Lastly, opposition parties deemed that the absence of a defined electoral calendar put them at a disadvantage in campaigning effectively.