Sport Cameroon: skepticism dominates among many Cameroonians before the regional elections

07:10  30 november  2020
07:10  30 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The regional elections in Cameroon will take place at the end of the week, Sunday December 6. A historic indirect suffrage: even if provided for in the 1996 Constitution, this will indeed be the first time that regional councils have been set up with regional presidents. This is the last stage of the decentralization put in place by the government. But in Yaoundé, the capital, few are those who follow a poll that seems to have been decided in advance. Report at the Melen market.

With our special correspondent in Yaoundé, Jeanne Richard

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In a tavern in the Melen market, men are seated in front of skewers. One of them is elected to the city's municipal council. Sunday, December 6, he will vote in the regional elections . "I am among the great voters," he confides.

He praises a new system closer to the population, even if the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (RDPC), the party in power, is almost guaranteed to win all the regions: “With decentralization, there is a local government which will have to manage. The central government is there just to outline. I am far from believing that the central power will continue to hold the reins. »

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“It's a facade democracy”

But two young people, sitting in front of a shop, sum up the general feeling. “I'm not interested, to tell you. My neighbors are not either, ”says one of them. The second adds: “Most people don't even know what it is. Few are interested in political affairs. "

Not far away, a man leaning against a door explains:" There is only one party in Cameroon. When other parties seek to develop, they are “branded”, in a way. This means that the elections concern, in fact, only one party. There is no match, no election. It is a facade democracy. "

Without political openness, without substantive debate, he does not believe that true decentralization is possible.

On the eve of the regional meetings, Cameroonians think above all of the end of year celebrations .
© Tim E. White / Getty Images View of Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon. (Illustration photo) The regional elections are due to take place this Sunday, December 6 in Cameroon, but the population is not very concerned about the ballot. Particularly because it is the electorate who are called to vote and not the general population, which rather has in mind the organization of the end of the year celebrations in a difficult economic context.

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