2018 Cameroonian presidential election

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Cameroon presidential election 2018

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Nominee Paul Biya Maurice Kamto Cabral Libii
Party RDPC MRC Univers
Popular vote 2,521,934 503,384 221,995
Percentage 71.28% 14.23% 6.28%

President before election

Paul Biya
RDPC

Elected President

Paul Biya
RDPC

Presidential elections were held in Cameroon on 7 October 2018.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The previous presidential elections on 9 October 2011 saw incumbent president Paul Biya elected for another seven-year term following a 2008 constitutional amendment that removed term limits, allowing Biya to run again.[3] Going into the 2018 elections Cameroon experienced unrest in the English-speaking portions of the country where separatists have attempted to create the state of Ambazonia. The worst of the unrest occurred in Manyu where several Western countries issued travel warnings to their citizens.[4] The Social Democratic Front, a party that traditionally performs well in the English-speaking portions of the country, has been vocal in their criticism of the handling of the unrest.[5] Biya has responded to the unrest by stating that he would like to see faster progress made on decentralization reforms that were begun in 2010 so that local regions would have more self governance.[6]

On 15 June 2018, the BBC obtained a copy of a letter from Paul Biya to the leader of Cameroon's Senate, appearing to request that the elections be postponed until October 2019.[7] [8] In July President Biya announced that the election would be held on October 7, 2018.[9]

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Cameroon is elected by first-past-the-post voting; the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner with no requirement to achieve a majority.[10]

Candidates[edit]

Accepted[edit]

Did not run[edit]

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Paul Biya Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 2,521,934 71.28
Maurice Kamto Cameroon Renaissance Movement 503,384 14.23
Cabral Libii Univers 222,020 6.28
Joshua Osih Social Democratic Front 118,706 3.36
Adamou Ndam Njoya Cameroon Democratic Union 61,220 1.73
Garga Haman Adji Alliance for Democracy and Development 55,048 1.56
Frankline Njifor Afanwi National Citizens' Movement of Cameroon 23,687 0.67
Serge Espoir Matomba United People for Social Renovation 19,704 0.56
Akere Muna Now! 12,262 0.35
Invalid/blank votes 52,716
Total 3,590,681 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,667,754 53.85
Source: Camerlex

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameroon: Calls grow for Biya to run for presidency in 2018 Africa News, 23 March 2017
  2. ^ New Party To Challenge Biya In 2018 Presidential Election Cameroon Post, 23 May 2017
  3. ^ Cameroon parliament extends Biya's term limit France 24, 11 April 2008
  4. ^ U.S., U.K. and Canada issue travel warning for Cameroon's southwest region Africa News, 23 December 2017
  5. ^ Cameroon Opposition MPs Demand Open Debate on Anglophone Crisis VOA News, 24 November 2017
  6. ^ Cameroon President Vows to 'Deal' with Separatists Voice of America, 1 January 2018
  7. ^ "Africa this week: Mother of Boko Haram leader laments his 'bad' behaviour". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  8. ^ "Cameroon seeks to delay elections - 3newsgh". 3newsgh. 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  9. ^ "Cameroon to hold presidential election on October 7". News24. July 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Cameroon IFES
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Liste des candidats à l'élection présidentielle 2018". August 7, 2018.
  12. ^ FEATURE: As Paul Biya Looks to Running Again in 2018, Has He delivered on his 2011 electoral promises? Cameroon Journal, 21 August 2017
  13. ^ Cameroun: Cabral Libii sera candidate à la présidentielle s'il est le gagnant de la primaire CMRB
  14. ^ Cameroun : qui est Serge Espoir Matomba, candidat déclaré à la présidentielle 2018? Jeune Afrique, 13 June 2017
  15. ^ "Joshua Osih is SDF Presidential candidate". Journal du Cameroun. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Samuel Eto'o set to challenge Paul Biya in 2018 Cameroon Concord, 20 July 2017
  17. ^ a b Cameroun : qui sont les candidats déclarés à la présidentielle de 2018? Jeune Afrique, 25 October 2017
  18. ^ Cameroun – Akere Muna : « Pourquoi je suis candidat » Jeune Afrique, 10 October 2017
  19. ^ Bernard NJONGA se raconte : "Après 30 ans de lutte citoyenne, Je Continue..." Believe in Cameroon, 22 December 2016