Here we are on the eve of High Mass, just 48 hours before the vote of the Cameroonian presidential election of 2018, with a look that we would like to be objective. Did the candidates convince with the way? The least that can be said is that it appeared as a media asymmetry against the candidate Paul Biya who came under fire from all the opposition, but also, those foreign media who were invited without delicacy to this sabotage action of the image.BALEBA Didier
Far from judging the penetration of the political actors of this campaign on opinion, conducted officially in Cameroon for two weeks already, the glance remains on the progress that this country has recorded since the advent of democracy, and the evolutions of the electoral process. The promises made by President Paul Biya during his last seven years in terms of political governance with regard to the various powers and their independence are fulfilled. The two chambers of parliament are now provided with the Senate which is the upper chamber of parliament whose members were elected for the first time on April 14, 2013. The Constitutional Council created by the law of January 18, 1996 meanwhile, sees the light of day on February 7, 2018. This is to say that President Paul Biya, unfortunately taxed as a tyrant for some, has still made available to his country, structures and different powers of a democracy in the West, while respecting the different stages of the electoral process.
A vast voter registration campaign started in 2017 by the institution in charge of organizing elections in Cameroon continued in 2018 with intense communication. The government has made available to each candidate close custody so that security is not a reason for disruption. The National Council of Communication -CNC- in turn, held an awareness meeting to give everyone a balanced airtime. It must therefore be noted that, contrary to prejudices, Cameroon now has institutions of relevant governance, and that the process of democratization is under way and displays a level of maturity that is more than acceptable. It is a good thing to mention the openness of President Paul Biya, who has always shown the will to modernize the institutions of his country whose implementation has been courageous in the light of economic conditions. Opposition candidates cannot claim that the electoral process and the institutions in charge of organizing them are not all in place and do not play their role according to their attributions. If the candidacy of some people should be doubted on the ethical plane, there is in fact a rant of bad faith who plans to do everything to rise to the head of the State by means other than diplomatic means.
The Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People – CPDM – structured its campaign by a coherent preparation based on the territorial occupation. It is the only party that has covered the entire territory, or even a maximum of foreign countries. Organized into grassroots committees that adopt a proximity communication strategy and coldly analyze this system, the CPDM has rationally squared the territory and appears as a national party. The RCM excelled in the attitude of tribal fiber, however, when other parties remained on a departmental scale or proselytes. The efforts will be rewarded in the end, and the waiting posture in the serenity of the ruling party is justified by a team united around his champion, as say the activists of the party of Paul Biya. But one can understand in this story of presidential election in Cameroon, that of the fable of La Fontaine about the cicada who sang all summer and when came winter, she had nothing to eat , having kept nothing in his attic. In politics, you have to have breath and patience.
A political halo like that of President Paul Biya is not built in a few years. It is the result of learning, chess and success, wisdom built over the years, in short, an experience today that will benefit Cameroon. We see during this campaign, where President Biya did not risk to shock the sensibilities, had no mean look at his opponents whom he also respected in a cathedral silence; the wise man has waited, against winds and tides, despite the bullets and the rubbish, the fateful hour that will sound the end of the adventure for some.
Long live democracy!