17th August, 2011
As Cameroonâ€™s Presidential election draws nearer, Cameroonians in Nigeria are getting set to vote for the first time, following the decision of their government to grant its citizens living abroad the right to vote.
The election is slated for October 2011 and many observers wonder if Paul Biya the strongman who has ruled the country for 29 years will run again.
Under the leadership of the National Association of Cameroonian Communities in Nigeria, NACACON, many Cameroonians are said to be positioning themselves to be part of the election.
NACACON National Chairman, Engr. S.N. Muhammed, said in a statement today that the election process kicked off in Lagos early this month with the arrival in Lagos of officials of Cameroonâ€™s electoral body known as Elections Cameroon -ELECAM.
They arrived on 4 August and commenced registration of voters.
“It is against this background that NACACON leadership as part of its mobilising efforts is calling on all Cameroonians to massively register at any of the missions in Abuja, Lagos and Calabar and for those in Lagos, in addition to ongoing registration at the Consulate General, to turn out en masse on August 20th 2011 at NACACON secretariat at No. 21 Araromi Street, Maryland; from 9am- 4pm to register for the on going voters registration,” Muhammed said.
By Simon Ateba