Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Cameroon’s Presidential Will Take Place without EU Observers says EU Official

Hans-Peter Schadek, Head of the European Union (EU) mission in Cameroon, has said Cameroon’s presidential election slated for 7 October, 2018 will take place without observers from the bloc.


Peter Schadek made the revelation Monday amidst reports that the Cameroonian authorities have not invited the EU to deploy an observer mission for the poll, while other sources quote budgetary constraints.

According to the EU Official, “The actual election observation has not been planned and has not been prepared,” Schadek said and was quick to add that this did not mean that the EU will remain “indifferent” to the exercise.
Cameroon’s Presidential Will Take Place without EU Observers says EU Official
“Although we are not on the ground, we are monitoring what is going on” the EU official said.

It would be recalled that this is the first time since the return to multiparty system in 1990 that a presidential poll will be held in Cameroon without the presence of the EU observers, unlike the exercises in 1992, 1997, 2004 and 2011.
The EU official however revealed that they will be relying on other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ascertain the transparency of the poll.




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