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Final list of 2011 Presidential candidates in Cameroon: Old wine in old bottles

Below is the full list of candidates who have been selected by Cameroon’s Electoral body ELECAM, for the October 9, 2011 presidential elections. A total of 52 postulants submitted their files and 21 were retained including incumbent Paul Biya, who has been in office since November 6, 1982. 31 postulants were rejected with reasons ranging from the none legalisation of copies of documents, late submission of files, fake receipts or non payment of payment of the FCFA 5 million caution among others.

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2010 Elections in Cote D' Ivoire: What most media do not tell you.

By Aloysius AGENDIA

 Early November 2010, Ivoirians went to the polls to elect a new president. After the first round of elections, no candidate could get the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo of LMP scored 38 percent of the votes while former Prime Minister Alasane Ouatara of PDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie got 32 and 25 percent respectively. The second round on November 28, 2010 pitted Ouatara against Gbagbo.  Konan Bedie urged his supporters to rally behind Ouatara. Analysts considered the call a marriage against nature because; it was the same Konan Bedie who made claims in the late 1990s and early 2000 that Ouatara was not an Ivoirian but actually a Burkinabe. That was the beginning of rivalry in Cote D Ivoire.  From that perspective, it is hard to say with certainty if the supporters of Bedie could actually vote for Ouatara or massively vote for someone whom for years they consider more of their enemy than Laurent Gbagbo.

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CONAC reveals the most corrupt ministries and institutions in Cameroon

By Aloysius AGENDIA

The National Commission for the Fight against Corruption in Cameroon, (CONAC), Typical of undeveloped nations. Affluence and misery side by sideon July 26, 2010, revealed names of ministries which its study considers as the most corrupt in the country.  Without any surprise, the Ministry of Finance (25%, Ministry of Justice (12% ),  Police Force (12%) , Public works (9%), Higher Education, Public Health, and Transport all occupy in that order, the list of most corrupt ministries in the country. Photo: Affluence and misery side by side. The fruit of corruption

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Cameroon: Why Participation In 2011 Presidential Elections May Be Poor

By Aloysius AGENDIA

Cameroon has over 200 political parties, with more than three-quarter being mushroom parties  with the sole objective of causing confusion and ensuring current dismal, divide and rule political continuity.
Since 1985, the Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement, CPDM, a transformation of the Cameroon Nation Union has been in power. Current party Chairman Paul Biya, has been the unchallenged ruling party presidential candidate since then. In  2008, he used his absolute majority in the National Assembly to abolish presidential term limits in the constitution. This move has been widely interpreted as his desire to eternalise himself in power.

According to the constitution of Cameroon, and following the electoral calendar, the next presidential election is expected in 2011. Some ruling party militants who claim to  speak for the masses are calling on President Biya to stand and inundating the press with "motions of support" for the president. A semilar thing is happening with some opposition parties though at a much more smaller and insignificant scale.

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