The Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) is the only party running for the regional elections scheduled for December 6, 2020, in 34 out of the 54 departments in the country. This is the information obtained from the list of candidates validated by the Electoral Council of Elections Cameroon.
This means the ruling party has already won 58% of the constituencies even before the election since there is no competition. Therefore, the party has 410 regional delegation seats out of the 700 to be taken for this first regional election ever organized in the country.
The regions where the ruling party is already the winner include seven departments of the Northwest, the six departments of the Southwest, and the four departments of the Southern region. In the Western Region, CPDM is the sole candidate in five out of eight constituencies. Also, in the East, the ruling party has no competition in three of the four departments that make up the region and in three out of 10 departments in the Central Region.
The CPDM also has no competition in two constituencies in the North, three of the six constituencies in the Far North region, and in the Moungo department in the Littoral.
The absence of CPDM challengers in these 34 constituencies is no surprise given the state of Cameroon’s municipal map, which is largely dominated by the ruling party. Indeed, 316 out of 360 communes are under the CPDM banner.
For the December 6, 2020 election, 106 and 111 candidates respectively in the “regional delegation” and “traditional ruling” category were submitted by 16 political parties. The Electoral Council rejected 20 regional delegation applications submitted by four political parties and two independent candidates as well as nine (9) applications for traditional command.