After voting on February 9, 2020, candidates and voters are waiting for the results to be announced.

The waiting period of the election result  is well anchored by the electoral law of Cameroon.

The general elections in Cameroon is governed by law n ° 2012/001 of April 19, 2012 relating to the Electoral Code. This law is modified and supplemented by law n ° 2012/017 of December 21, 2012.

The provisions of this code are imposed to the whole electoral process. The recent legislative and municipal elections are therefore no exception to this law. At the end of the poll on Sunday, it is important to mention a few provisions that will lead the current process to its end.

Legislative

Article 168 (1): The Constitutional Council ensures the regularity of the election of deputies to the National Assembly.

It announces the results within a maximum period of twenty (20) days from the closing date of the poll. Thus, results are expected to be announced on or before February 29, 2020.

Article 132 (2): The Constitutional Council shall rule on all petitions filed by any candidate, any political party which took part in the election or any person serving as a representative of the Administration for the election, requesting the total or partial cancellation of election operations.

Article/Section 133 (1): All petitions filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 132 above must reach the Constitutional Council within no more than 72 (seventy two) hours of the close of the poll.

(2): The Constitutional Council may, if it deems it necessary, hear any applicant or request the production, against receipt, of the exhibits.

(3): On pain of inadmissibility, the request must specify the alleged facts and means. It is posted within twenty-four (24) hours of its filing and communicate to interested parties, who have a period of forty-eight (48) hours to file, against receipt, their response brief.

Article 134: The Constitutional Council may, without prior contradictory instruction, reject, by reasoned decision, requests which are inadmissible or which contain only complaints which may have no impact on the results of the elections.

Article/Section 136: The decisions of the Constitutional Council relating to elections, election results and candidatures shall be final.

Municipal

Article/Section 172 (2): At the end of the ballot:

a) the list that obtains an absolute majority of the votes cast shall win all the seats available ;

b) if no list obtains an absolute majority of the votes cast, the seats shall be shared as follows:

– the list with the highest number of votes shall be allocated half of the seats rounded off, if need be, to the nearest whole number above ; where there is a tie between 2 (two) or more lists, the number of seats

rounded off to the nearest whole number above shall be allocated to the list with the highest average age;

– the remaining seats shall be allocated to the other lists, including the list with a relative majority, through the application of proportional representation to the lists with the highest votes ; where there is a tie in the

number of votes, the seat(s) shall be allocated to the list with the highest average age.

(3) Lists which obtain less than 5% of the votes cast in the constituency concerned shall not be eligible for the proportional distribution of seats.

Counting of votes and proclamation of results.
SECTION 191.- (1) A council supervisory commission shall be set up in each council, composed as follows :
Chairperon : a personality appointed by the Director-General of Elections.
Members :
– 3 (three) representatives of the administration, appointed by the Senior Divisional Officer;
– 1 (one) representative of each political party taking part in the polls;
– 3 (three) representatives of Elections Cameroon, appointed by the Director-General of Elections.
(2) The composition of Council Supervisory Commissions shall be established by the Director-General of Elections.
SECTION 193.- (1) The Council Supervisory Commission shall proclaim the results of municipal elections in the electoral constituency concerned within 72 (seventy-two) hours following the close of the polls.
(2) The proceedings of the Council Supervisory Commission shall be minuted in a report signed by all commission members present.
(3) A copy of the said report shall be forwarded to the Senior Divisional Officer of the jurisdiction for on-ward transmission to the Minister in charge of local and regional authorities. Another copy shall be sent to the
General Directorate of Elections.
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