The national chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF,Ni John Fru Ndi has threatened to disrupt the upcoming senatorial elections if Paul Biya fails to tell him concretely why the elections have to be held before Municipal and parliamentary elections.The SDF Chair was quite bitter in an interview with The Post newspaper in its weekender edition in which he is quoted to have said ” I and the SDF militants will sharpen our machetes and come out for a full-blown onslaught to stop the election”.
SDF Chairman,Fru Ndi
A presidential decree signed by Paul Biya dated Wednesday February 27, 2013 slated the first Senatorial elections in Cameroon on Sunday April 14, this year.The electoral college for the elections according to the decree are Councillors and the ruling CPDM party that is said to have fraudulently won a majority seat in the last council elections in 2007, with 300 out of 360 councils.The opposition party has 60;SDF 18,NUDP 11,CDU 9,MDR 5,UPC 2 and other parties.
Consequently, the CPDM has about 10,632 councilors while SDF has just 801.It is but certain from the above analysis that the ruling party will have an overwhelming victory in the April 14,elections into the Senate.Campaigns are said to begin on March 30,2013.
Observers claim that president Biya extended the mandate for councilors for them to have time to prepare for senatorial elections in favor of the CPDM party.Many also say that it is only Paul Biya who has the political calendar of Cameroon,hence he has the sole power to do and undo.critics also say that it is gross violation of democracy. Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.But this has not been the case in Cameroon.
As the countdown begins for Senatorial elections,it was announced that candidates for the elections have to pay a caution fee of FCFA one million while each member of the electorate will be paid FCFA 50,000 as seating allowance.