Saturday, December 14, 2019

Convocation of the extraordinary session: 'towards postponement of the 2020 elections'

While parliamentarians have completed the 3rd and last ordinary session of the 2019 legislative year on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, they are again invited to an extraordinary session.

At the end of the 3rd and last ordinary session of the 2019 legislative year, parliamentarians will also take part in the extraordinary session convened at the request of President Paul Biya for this December 13, 2019. 

Given that no one can guess the secrecy of this session, assumptions, suggestions and other debates are already fueling the media and public places, not without interest to members of the National Assembly. 

The hypothesis of the postponement of the elections 

For some elected representatives of the Nations of the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (Rdpc) and even those of the opposition, this is the opportunity more than ever to find suitable solutions to the English-speaking crisis that is raging since 2016 in order to live a peaceful electoral period, before thinking about the elections. 

"We cannot go to the elections under the current conditions, because people continue to be kidnapped in the North West and South West regions. If the right solutions are taken during the special session, certainly peace can return. Even if a special status has to be granted to the North West and South West regions, it is necessary to go through the revision of the law of 2004. You cannot call a special session to postpone the elections. But, the work that can be done during this session, can lead the leaders of our country to think about a possible postponement of the elections, ”confides to our colleagues from CameroonInfo, the Honorable Joseph Kankeu, MP Rdpc of the electoral district of the MiFi in the West region.

The hypothesis of the implementation of the national dialogue 

For other parliamentarians, on the other hand, the convening of the extraordinary session would make it possible to put into practice the resolutions adopted during the national dialogue held from September 30 to October 4, 2019. 

“If he could to have priority during this extraordinal session, it can only be the arrangements to be made for the implementation of the resolutions of the great national dialogue. That is to say, allow elected officials to reflect on certain conclusions of the great national dialogue. This session is convened to meet the expectations of Cameroonians, ”suggests the Honorable Ibrahim Aboubakar, Deputy Rdpc of Faro-et-Déo in the Adamawa Region. 

Recall that according to the constitution, the parliament meets in extraordinary session for a maximum duration of 15 days. This means that it is possible that the extraordinary session which begins on December 13, 2019 will end later on December 29, the 25 being a holiday.