Updating electoral roll

04-May-2020 23:55

The circumstances and process of this implementation are briefly described in the present case-study. The single-party dispensation remained in place until the early nineteen nineties when, like many countries of Eastern Europe and Africa in a quest for truly democratic governance, Cameroon re-introduced a multiparty political system.

Cameroon’s election management body, Elections Cameroon, will soon release a more detailed report on this exercise. During the more than two decades of one-party rule, elections had become a mere formality as all competing candidates were nominated by the same political party and voters were not offered a choice between different political agendas as such.

Although the choice of this company appeared to be problematic initially, on account of their limited experience dealing with BVR, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

With an estimated total population of between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) million inhabitants, and a minimum voting age of eighteen (18), the Republic of Cameroon boasts a voting-age population of about eight (8) million. For a better understanding of the situation existing before the introduction and implementation of biometric voter registration (BVR) in Cameroon, one needs to take a quick look at the political context and the technical environment within which this technical innovation took place. Political situation When Cameroon acceded to independence in the earlier nineteen sixties, several political parties effectively took part in the political life of the country, although some parties, notably “L’Union des populations du Cameroun” (UPC), were banned because they had taken part in the armed struggle that preceded this accession to independence.

This country, situated in the Central Africa Sub-region, implemented biometric voter registration (BVR) between 20. However, this period of political pluralism was short-lived as in 1966, Ahmadou Ahidjo, then president of the young republic, convinced the leaders of authorized political parties to join him to form a single political party, the Cameroon National Union (CNU), in the interest of nation building.

The decision to implement biometric voter registration (BVR) in Cameroon was thus imposed by the circumstances described earlier.

Little was known about the new technology on the whole, and much less on its use in voter registration.

Although the choice of this company appeared to be problematic initially, on account of their limited experience dealing with BVR, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.With an estimated total population of between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) million inhabitants, and a minimum voting age of eighteen (18), the Republic of Cameroon boasts a voting-age population of about eight (8) million. For a better understanding of the situation existing before the introduction and implementation of biometric voter registration (BVR) in Cameroon, one needs to take a quick look at the political context and the technical environment within which this technical innovation took place. Political situation When Cameroon acceded to independence in the earlier nineteen sixties, several political parties effectively took part in the political life of the country, although some parties, notably “L’Union des populations du Cameroun” (UPC), were banned because they had taken part in the armed struggle that preceded this accession to independence.This country, situated in the Central Africa Sub-region, implemented biometric voter registration (BVR) between 20. However, this period of political pluralism was short-lived as in 1966, Ahmadou Ahidjo, then president of the young republic, convinced the leaders of authorized political parties to join him to form a single political party, the Cameroon National Union (CNU), in the interest of nation building.The decision to implement biometric voter registration (BVR) in Cameroon was thus imposed by the circumstances described earlier.Little was known about the new technology on the whole, and much less on its use in voter registration.All the tenders proposed to use fingerprints and, eventually, photographs as the biometric elements to be used in BVR implementation.