Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Election campaign under huge security in Noso

In the English-speaking regions, door to door was preferred to meetings for the general public. Despite the strengthening of the security system deployed in the North-West and South-West regions plagued by a socio-political crisis for three years, caution remains necessary. Armed gangs claiming to be part of the English-speaking secessionist movement multiply threats and intimidation in order to prevent the smooth running of the electoral process.

Applicants take these threats seriously and take no risks. The Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (RDPC) which launched its electoral campaign in Bamenda for the double legislative and municipal ballot on February 9, chose the Ayaba hotel instead of a more open space like the place des fĂȘtes or the house of the left from Bamenda. Chaired by Philemon Yang, the former Prime Minister, this launch meeting took place under very high security. The United Democratic Party (UDP) of El Hadj Lawane Bako, also launched its campaign in a hotel in Bamenda. In the Southwest, the Buea holiday square served as the setting for the launch of the CPDM electoral campaign in this region. 

This meeting was chaired by another former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge. But the strong deployment of the defense and security forces did not mobilize many militants frightened by the threats of the secessionists. Unlike several political parties competing in these regions, which seem to have thrown in the towel, the RDPC continues its scheduled meetings in Fako, Meme and Manyu. Campaign teams from the ruling party in Lebialem, one of the epicenters of the crisis, are expected to relocate their campaign to Dschang and Fongo-Tongo in the Western region, where there is a large colony of displaced persons from the English-speaking crisis. Faced with this situation, the candidates opted for a proximity campaign.

Door to door allows them to escape the criminal fury of armed gangs determined to take the two regions hostage and to undermine the electoral process under way. What about the vote on the morning of February 9, 2020? With the assistance of the administrative authorities, ELECAM has opted for the establishment of highly secure voting centers which will include several offices. The troops in operation in these two regions have been reinforced to secure the electoral process, but caution remains necessary.


Source: L'Essentiel N ° 282