Cameroonians To Be Educated on `Right To Vote`

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Cameroon‘s National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms is set to take another decisive step in enabling citizens register and vote in the upcoming presidential election by raising their awareness on the right to vote. Initially programmed to hold yesterday, May 24, the Human Rights Commission will on Friday, May 27 launch the awareness campaign to train the country’s elections stakeholders who would educate citizens on the right to vote.

The Commission targets public authorities involved in electoral issues, political party leaders, representatives of press organs, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and associations that promote the rights of vulnerable people, opinion leaders, marginalised people like Mbororos and pygmies and development partners. Authorities of the Human Rights Commission explain that the programme will be part of the Commission’s contribution to the country’s electoral process. Since creation in 2004, Cameroon’s Human Rights Commission has contributed to the country’s electoral process by training trainers of election observers, training observers, observing electoral process proper and evaluating the conduct of the polls in previous elections.

The campaign to raise the awareness of citizens on the right to vote, information from the Commission states, will consist of pasting information and distribution of flyers in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon, participation in 20 radio and television programmes on electoral issues, organisation of conferences on the management of the electoral process in Cameroon and a workshop with leaders of political parties. Through the campaign, the Commission intends to enable citizens know the impact of using their right to vote in shaping public affairs and the need for them to acquire the necessary documents, for example, the National Identity Card that is issued free of charge up to August 31, 2011.

On May 26, the eve of the launching ceremony of the awareness campaign on citizens’ right to vote, the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms will hold its 10th ordinary session at the Yaounde Conference Centre. While examining the implementation of the 2010 plan of action, Commission members will adopt that of 2011 with the sensitisation campaign starting the next day as a major component.

Emmanuel Kendemeh | 27 May 2011 | Cameroon Tribune|

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