What is the position of the majority of Cameroonians in the upcoming February 9 twin elections?
During a press conference organized in Yaoundé, Monday, November 25, 2019, the main challenger of Paul Biya in the presidential election of 2018, Maurice Kamto of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) announced that his party would no longer take part in municipal and legislative elections elections and called for a boycott.
After this election boycott announcement by the CRM political party, many believe that the boycott will be a reality given the enthusiasm of opponents of this political strategy. However, this is not the opinion of the Minister of Labor and Social Security Grégoire Owona who, to his opinion, believes that the majority of Cameroonians are ready and willing to vote on polling day.
Answering the question of a journalist from Diaf-Radio who asked him his opinion on the boycott of the elections by “the majority of Cameroonians”. The minister said he was surprised because he did not understand that the journalist could claim that the majority of Cameroonians were opposed to the conduct of the elections. Indeed, the only party that advocates boycotting him is the MRC, a party which according to the minister had only 15% in the last presidential election and which is not represented in any of the houses of assembly. “I am very surprised by your notion of majority”. He exclaims.
In addition, the minister even believes that the boycott advocated by the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) will not be accepted and followed by Cameroonians who want stable institutions. “The vast majority of Cameroonians want to go to the elections because the country must have legal and legitimate institutions,” he said.
“We are entering a phase of accelerated decentralization it is important I think that the Cameroonians take charge and that they choose those who will manage their institutions in particular the local institutions” he ended.