Cameroon's electoral body vows action against extremism during general elections

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-10 00:21:27|Editor: yan
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YAOUNDE, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's electoral body Elections Cameroon (Elecam) on Wednesday said it is working to ensure that misinformation and violent extremism is made impossible in the upcoming general elections.

Chairperson of Elecam Enow Abrams Egbe said it would ensure the elections are "well organised, credible and transparent" through the creation of "dialogue platforms at all levels."

"Our objective is to encourage and facilitate dialogue and information sharing among stakeholders of the electoral process for early identification of potential risks and mitigation of adverse effects of misinformation and violent extremism before, during and after elections." Egbe said.

Legislative and municipal elections are scheduled for February next year after being postponed twice for insecurity reasons, especially the armed separatism in the English-speaking part of the country, according to the latest electoral calendar.

Egbe said a national dialogue held last week to end the conflict was a welcomed relief.

"The echoes of the major national dialogue were favourably welcomed by Elections Cameroon. While waiting for the effective implementation of the resolutions of the dialogue, it is important (...) to begin preparations and holding of elections," he added.

In September, Elecam officials announced the end of voter registration for the election with 433,873 newly registered voters, raising the total number of registered voters to 7,116,314.