17 December 2012

Cameroon: CPDM Evaluates Membership, Voter Registration in Messondo

Members of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement, CPDM Monitoring and Follow up Committee for Voter Registration in Messondo Council in Nyong and Kelle Division of Centre Region, met in Messondo on Saturday, December 15, 2012. The meeting was to evaluate progress made in the registration of party members on voters' rolls - halfway into the process - and in updating party membership lists. It was also to assess the effectiveness of strategies put in place to boost voter registration.

Led by its president, Tjonog Jean, party officials listened to reports on efforts made in attaining results and proffered solutions to difficulties encountered on the field. Speaking at the end of the meeting, Tjonog Jean, who is also Deputy General Manager of Credit Foncier, said the most important challenge was for the CPDM to maintain its leading position in the council, saying voter registration was getting better by the day and local party elite were raising money to facilitate the process.

He noted that the most recurrent problems on the field were lack of National Identity Cards on the part of many party members, possession of expired I.D. cards and the large number of uncollected new I.D. cards. Added to this, is the remote location of the Council area, with many communities not having passable roads and access being mostly by train. At any rate, Tjonog Jean promised that all will be done to surmount the challenges in order to maintain CPDM's stronghold position in the area.

Speaking about the importance of having an updated party membership list, the Monitoring and Follow up Committee President said such information could be useful in lobbying for projects for the area. He restated the directive of Jean Nkuete, the CPDM Central Committee Secretary General to all follow up committees in the country to work hard to get more party militants registered on voters' rolls in order to surpass past figures.

The day-long meeting was attended by CPDM Section, Sub-section and ward executives. At the end, money raised by party members was distributed to local officials to ease their work of mobilising militants for voter registration.

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