Cameroonian presidential election, 2011

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Cameroonian presidential election, 2011
Cameroon
2004 ←
9 October 2011 → 2018

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Nominee Paul Biya John Fru Ndi
Party RDPC SDF
Popular vote 3,772,527 518,175
Percentage 77.99% 10.71%

President before election

Paul Biya
RDPC

Elected President

Paul Biya
RDPC

Presidential elections were held in Cameroon on 9 October 2011. Incumbent President Paul Biya stood for another term after a constitutional amendment passed in 2008 eliminated term limits. Biya was re-elected with 78% of the vote.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

Candidates[edit]

Long-time opposition leader John Fru Ndi also stood as a candidate in the election.[2][3] Fifty other people submitted paperwork to ELECAM, the electoral commission, seeking to stand as presidential candidates.[3] Observers viewed the opposition as anemic and expected Biya to easily win re-election.[4]

Daniel Soh Fone of the United Socialist Party withdrew before the election, giving his support to Biya.[5]

Conduct[edit]

The United States Ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson and former colonial power France have criticized the election, citing irregularities.[6] Several political parties claimed they would challenge the results.[7]

The mission Chief of the African Union's Observer Mission in Cameroon, former Prime Minister of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta stated in his report that the African Union judges found the vote to be "free, transparent and credible".[8][9] 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.[10]

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Paul Biya Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 3,772,527 77.99
John Fru Ndi Ni Social Democratic Front 518,175 10.71
Garga Haman Adji Alliance for Democracy and Development 155,348 3.21
Adamou Ndam Njoya Cameroon Democratic Union 83,860 1.73
Paul Abine Ayah People's Action Party 61,158 1.26
Edith Kahbang Walla Cameroon People's Party 34,639 0.72
Albert Dzongang Dynamic for National Renaissance 26,396 0.55
Jean de Dieu Momo Democrat Patriots for the Development of Cameroon 23,791 0.49
Jean-Jacques Ekindi Progressive Movement 21,593 0.45
Bernard Muna Alliance of Progressive Forces 18,444 0.38
Esther Dang Bloc for the Reconstruction and Economic Independence of Cameroon 15,775 0.33
Olivier Anicet Bilé Union for Fraternity and Prosperity 15,202 0.31
Anicet Ekane African Movement for New Independence and Democracy 11,081 0.23
Victorin Hameni Bieuleu Union of Democratic Forces of Cameroon 10,615 0.22
Fritz Pierre Ngo Movement of Cameroonian Ecologists 9,259 0.19
Jean Njeunga United Front of Cameroon 9,219 0.19
Isaac Feuzeu Movement for the Emergence and Rise of Citizen 9,216 0.19
Hubert Kamgang Union of African Populations 8,250 0.17
Simon Pierre Atangana Nsoe Great Cameroon 8,032 0.17
Marcus Lontouo Cameroonian National Congress 7,875 0.16
George Dobgima Nyamndi Social Liberal Congress 5,925 0.12
Joachim Tabi Owono Action for Meritocracy and Equal Opportunities 5,795 0.12
Daniel Soh Fone United Socialist Party 5,074 0.10
Invalid/blank votes 114,185
Total 4,951,434 100
Registered voters/turnout 7,251,651 68.20
Source: African Elections Database

Aftermath[edit]

Biya was sworn in for another term as President in a ceremony held at the National Assembly on 3 November.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Stearns, Some diaspora cleared to cast ballots in Cameroon election VOA News, 13 July 2011
  2. ^ "Cameroon's Biya to seek re-election in October polls", Agence France-Presse, 4 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Casalammmeroon leader, 51 others seek presidency", VOA News, 5 September 2011.
  4. ^ Anne Look, "Cameroon's longtime leader to seek re-election in October", VOA News, 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Cameroon: As polling continues, a candidate gives Biya support". WADR. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Turnout Low in Cameroon Presidential Poll". Voice of America. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Presidential elections in Cameroon: claims of irregularities | Radio Netherlands Worldwide". Rnw.nl. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Pius Lukong (21 October 2011). "Cameroon’s President Biya Wins Vote, Extending 29-Year Rule". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Fon Mndere (14 October 2011). "Inch’Allah Opposition delivers Cameroon to Biya on a Platter of silver". Afrik-News. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Divine Ntaryike, Douala, Cameroon (16 October 2011). "Cameroon’s Polls: Praised by International Observers; Condemned by Opposition | West Africa | English". Voanews.com. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Biya sworn in again vowing to 'transform' Cameroon", AFP, 3 November 2011.