Sunday, February 9, 2020

The diaspora Cameroonians and the double ballot of 9th February

The expatriates of the national triangle, of the old continent, impatiently await the coupled elections of this Sunday, February 9, to draw the necessary conclusions. Even if they have the impression that everything is already played ...

Our compatriots, in exile, in Europe, follow daily political life in the country with great interest. Not only because they usually have family members and friends who stayed there. But also because they still hope that these family, friendly and cultural ties, in fact these roots which, like the sap of a tree, binds them forever to the national triangle, favor the conditions for a well-being shared by all. 

However, this tranquility is only possible if the elected officials listen attentively to the concerns of their constituents, including those of the sons and daughters of the neighborhood, village or commune who have gone abroad to seek a better life. 
“Decentralization as a backdrop” 
Honoré Bitnkeu, Rdpc Seine et Marne: “As Cameroonians in the diaspora, I think that the next elective, municipal and legislative mandates are not like the previous ones. We have at the heart the great breath of decentralization and the real involvement of young people in the political life of our country. The great architect of this vision is the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul Biya. 

Now, as president of the Seine et Marne Rdpc subsection, I organized a meeting to ask our compatriots to raise awareness among those in the country, especially young people, to vote for the Rdpc lists. This is what we called the "Paris Call" of the Seine et Marne subsection. It is therefore a question that we can give a parliamentary majority to President Paul Biya in order to allow him to complete the work undertaken. It is up to the youth to seize this opportunity of the mandate of great opportunities.

A youth who is not really reputed to move massively during electoral elections when the under 25s represent more than 60% of the total population of the country. If we add the figures for participation in the 2018 presidential election in the Southwest (15%) and North West (5%) regions, there is reason to apprehend the mobilization in the coupled elections this Sunday. 
"A mockery for the dead of NoSo and the displaced" 

The writer, Marie Lissouck, author of fifteen titles as well known as each other, and whose sympathy with the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (Mrc) is assumed, obviously does not share the optimism of his compatriot Rdpéciste. You could even say that she has an opposing opinion to say the least. “This double consultation on February 9 is an unnamed comedy. A real mockery for the 3,000 and more dead and displaced from the crisis in the North West and South West regions. It is a perverse and murderous equation ", she thinks, before hammering while making reference to the French playwright and poet of the XVIIth century, Pierre Corneille, in the Cid:" To be conquered without danger we end up triumphing without glory " . 

The activist El Che Nous, who we nicknamed "General" in the radical circles of the Cameroonian diasporas, and who lives in Germany, was in Paris, on February 1, for the big meeting of the Mrc, Place de la République . He was kind enough to tell us his feelings about the municipal and legislative elections of February 9, 2020 in Cameroon. “Organizing elections in the context in which Cameroon finds itself, for several months or even several years now, is irresponsible or mean. I believe that the power of Yaoundé simply wants to amuse the gallery, to give itself an image in the eyes of the international community. But no one is fooled. 

We cannot give any legitimacy to a pseudo organized concertation when 
This is also what the journalist of the online journal seems to think, Hugues Seumo, a Cameroonian expatriate living in Brussels, the European capital. For him, “The double ballot on February 9 is a bit premature because, I expected the establishment of an electoral legislative mechanism which guarantees free and transparent elections in Cameroon. 

I wonder how a local elected representative will be able to fulfill his civic duty in a climate of insecurity in regions in conflict, ”he notes. The observer of daily life does not hide his fears about the dreadful consequences that this double ballot could cause. "These popular consultations will rather aggravate the current crisis situation. 

Community voting has taken off. Contempt and hatred have divided Cameroonians. Without choosing people or programs, voters are captured by ethno-regional mobilization companies. These elections could have healed the wounds of the division if they were really free, transparent with indisputable results and agreed by all. ”