Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
The February 9, 2020 twin Elections in Cameroon are gradually approaching but what remains uncertain is the participation of most political parties. While the likes of the Cameroon Peoples Party (CPP) of Kah Walla and the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) of Maurice Kamto have chosen the boycott option, the participation of the SDF of Ni John Fru Ndi and Cameroon Party for National Reconciliation (PCRN) of Cabral Libii remains conditional.
Cabral Libii who came third in the 2018 Presidential election has demanded that the deadline for the completion of documents be extended by two weeks. This demand is coming as a result of the administrative bottle necks and delays in the processing of documents which political parties have complained tirelessly about. According to Cabral Libii, if this is not done, then his party will boycott the twin elections.
Another party that has threatened to boycott the elections is the Social Democratic Front of Ni John Fru Ndi. This was revealed by the first Vice President of the Party, Hon. Joshua Osih during a press conference on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The party is urging the head of State to use these two months to provide concrete and visible solutions for the return to peace in the North West and South West regions. Hon Osih stressed that if that is not done, then his party will pull out of the 2020 elections. “Despite haven its candidates compile and submit their documents, the party can still decide not to participate,” Hon. Osih explained further.
The PCRN and the SDF are now sitting on the fence, will the government grant their request within this short period of time? Well only time will tell. In the meantime, some Cameroonians have described the SDF as “an expert Bafia dancer,” adding that the party is never firmed in its decisions.