October 08, 2011
October 9 Election:Transparency International Deploying 850 Observers
Transparency International Cameroon, TI-C, President, Barrister Charles Nguini, has said they are deploying some 850 observers to observe the October 9 election. The TI-C President was speaking in Limbe on Saturday at the close of a two-day workshop, organised for some 60 trainees that shall monitor the elections in the Southwest Region. Barrister Nguini said the mission of the 60 observers shall be to “observe or measure the degree of impartiality being exercised in the conduct of the election by ELECAM and MINADT; the participation of the electorate, the level of access being accorded by the State media to opposition parties”.
Nguini said the observers shall also deliver instant reports from the field. The observers were told that they have to tailor their reports in respect of “TI-C’s code of conduct or guidelines” which prescribes for transparency and fairness.
Meantime, TI-C’s Coordinator for the Southwest, Polycarp Luma, said the task ahead for the observers would not be easy. “The Southwest Region has a very difficult terrain, especially as there are some Divisions and areas which are inaccessible because of bad roads,” Luma said. He, nonetheless, expressed confidence that they were going to try to overcome the ruggedness of the terrain and produce the “best results.”
The National President said they shall proceed to analyse reports gathered so far and make proposals to stakeholders concerned on how to make better the electoral process in Cameroon. Participants at the training, like Annette Nkangu and Beryl Wirsuiy said they were ready to do the job.
Transparency International, has, for a long while, been very concerned about the way elections are run in Cameroon. It has, twice, declared Cameroon as the most corrupt nation in the world, prompting the Government to intensify its fight against corruption.
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