Following recent details by the Elections Governing body ELECAM, on the number of Councilors that effectively took part in Sunday March 25 Senatorial Elections, 1037 Councilors voted in the North West Region. 


As per the laws and various government officials who have spoken on the issue, each councilor is expected to collect FCFA 50.000 at the polling station after voting. Several councilors we spoke to from across the region confirmed that they had their transport after voting on Election Day. 

If all the 1037 Councilors effectively received their taxi fare of FCFA 50.000 as it is called, it is not out of place to conclude that FCFA 51.850.000M  was used for taxi fare by councilor. Nationally slightly above 10 000 councilors effectively voted putting the national taxi fare at over FCFA 500M 

“Well for those of us in town where we spend less than 1000frs to get to the polling station it looks much but there are places in this region where moving to the divisional headquarter is far more than that. So personally I don’t think the money is too much. If you look well it is the average amount.” Sylvester a CPDM Councilor said reacting to suggestions that the money is too much to be used for transport fare. 

Agreeing with the CPDM Councilor, Martin an SDF Councilor added “the laws of this country are not been respected. If the status of Councilors with all due advantages respected I will not recommended that there should be no taxi fare for councilor since it is a civic responsibility. It is the carelessness of a government that does not strategies.” 

Reacting on the necessity for the transport fare and the amount Christian Dzelamonyuy a teacher in Bamenda said “Well the money is good for them. I hear they are not paid and that they have a small stipend only during their sessions. Maybe that is a small thing for them just as a gift since they are not paid but how much is that and it even comes just after five years. Let the collect the money. I have noticed that councilors had to brave threats and all odds to vote not because it’s a civic responsibility but because of the money which means money also encourages participation and fights voter apathy. I am sure if for other elections Cameroonians were guaranteed just 1000F as taxi fare voter apathy in Cameroon will be a thing of the past.”
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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