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Commonwealth to observe Cameroon elections

23 September 2013

A Commonwealth Expert Team will observe the Legislative and Municipal Elections in Cameroon, scheduled to take place on 30 September 2013, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today.

The Secretary-General constituted the team at the invitation of Elections Cameroon, the body responsible for managing elections in the country.

The Expert Team’s mandate is to observe and consider all aspects of the electoral process with a view to assessing compliance with the standards for democratic elections to which Cameroon has committed itself. Commonwealth Expert Teams act impartially and independently and conduct themselves according to the standards expressed in the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

The Commonwealth Expert Team will arrive in Yaoundé on 23 September and will remain in the country until 6 October. The team will be supported by staff from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Team comprises of:

Mr Irfan Abdool Rahman (Chair)
Electoral Commissioner 

Ms Judith Pestaina
Political Advisor

Media contacts:

In Cameroon:

Diane Mensah-Bonsu
Political Affairs Division 
Commonwealth Secretariat

Tel: + 44 (0)755 337 6314
Email: [email protected]

In London:

Julius Mucunguzi
Communications Officer
Communications & Public Affairs Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6382
Mobile: +44 (0)789 459 3517
Email: [email protected]