Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) Board Chair, Enow Abrams Egbe, has invited Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees of the conflict in the Anglophone Regions to return back to their local communities and participate in the October 7 Presidential poll.
While giving out some last minutes’ information on Wednesday, October 3, Enow Abrams argued that it is a political duty for all Cameroonians to take part in choosing the President to lead the country for the next seven years.
He therefore invited all Cameroonians including Anglophone refugees in Nigeria as well as those internally displaced by the violence to go back to their various communities and exercise this civic rights, since the State has provided adequate security.
Talking about election materials, the Board Chair of ELECAM disclosed that materials have been sent to all 360 council areas of Cameroon under the protection of security officers, who have been mobilised by the State to that effect.
This latest outing by Enow Abrams Egbe is in sharp contrast with the realities on the ground as opposition parties have already warned that hundreds of thousands of Anglophones would not be able to take part in the election because of the on-going violence in their Regions.
This was one of the main reasons advanced by Kah Walla’s CPP which boycotted the election. And with the security situation fast deteriorating every day, more persons have instead fled the restive zones with the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in Africa estimating that there are about 411,000 IDPs already. With the military exercising a near shoot-on-side policy and Ambazonia soldiers banning the election in the Anglophone Regions, it has become a herculean task for all the parties involved in the process.
In sharp contrast to Enow Abrams invitation, some of the refugees in Nigeria were seen on October 1 celebrating what they termed the ‘Independence Day of Ambazonia.’