What does the Electoral code say about this election? The depositions related to the senatorial election are contained in Article 8 of the Electoral code. This years Senatorial election is slated for the 25 th of March, 2018. The electoral college had been summoned to that effect on the 7, February 2018..
The organization of this election is defined by law no 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 being the Electoral code. In Chapter 8, the electoral code dwells on articles 212 and 242, thus defining and modifying the modus oparandi of the elections, eligibility, the electoral college, the declaration of candidature, electoral campaigns, voting and proclamation of results.
It should be noted that the Senate has a five mandate and new elections are organized, forty days to the end of the previous mandate. The elections are of mixed candidates and one round. Each party participating in the elections is obliged to present a list of 8 candidates chosen amongst his militants, having the main candidate and an alternate candidate for each Poll.
Each aspiring senator must be of age 40 or on or before the election date. The Senate in Cameroon has a capacity of 100 seats and out of these, only 70 are on offer for elections and the remaining 30 are appointed by the head of state. Each Senatorial candidate is obliged to pay a caution fee of one million francs CFA. The Senatorial election is a list system and there isn't any possibility of swapping of names on a submitted list.
The electoral college is made up of municipal councillors. They are obliged to vote . The voters list is published per poll 30 days before the elections.
They are given special electoral cards uniquely for the senatorial election. These cards are supposed to be distributed by Elecam , within 20 days before the Senatorial election.
The constitutional council has fifteen days maximum to proclaim the results of the elections. The candidate with the highest votes per poll is declared the winner and thus the Senator for that Division.