2011 Cameroonian presidential election
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.
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 United States Ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson and former colonial power France have criticized the election, citing irregularities. Several political parties claimed they would challenge the results.
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". 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.
|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|
|Source: African Elections Database|
Biya was sworn in for another term as President in a ceremony held at the National Assembly on 3 November.
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