Cameroonian presidential election, 2011
A presidential election was held in Cameroon on 9 October 2011. President Paul Biya stood for another term; he was able to do so due to a constitutional amendment, passed in 2008, that eliminated term limits. Incumbent Paul Biya won the election with over 75% of the vote.
Electoral law change
Some opposition demands regarding voting rights for the diaspora were met before the election, when lawmakers passed an amendment to the electoral law in July 2011.
Long-time opposition leader John Fru Ndi also stood as a candidate in the election. Fifty other people submitted paperwork to ELECAM, the electoral commission, seeking to stand as presidential candidates. Observers viewed the opposition as anemic and expected Biya to easily win re-election.
The provisional result showed that Paul Biya was leading the race in numerous polling stations. International observers have noted low voter turnout. The United States Ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson and former colonial power France have criticized the election, citing irregularities. Many political parties have said they will challenge the results.
There were some praises for the election results. The mission Chief of the African Union's Observer Mission in Cameroon, former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta stated in his report that the African Union judges found the vote to be "free, transparent and credible". La Francophonie and the Commonwealth also praised the election. Fred Mitchell, former Foreign Minister of The Bahamas, led the Commonwealth mission to Cameroon; he said that there were no signs that people were coerced to vote and the election was conducted peacefully.
Biya was sworn in for another term as President in a ceremony held at the National Assembly on 3 November.
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