Cameroon: Catholic Bishops call for massive voter registration ahead of 2025 elections

By Charity Nginyu

During the 49th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Cameroon held from 07 to 13 April 2024, Bishops of the Catholic Church under the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) called on citizens to register massively against the upcoming presidential elections in Cameroon.

His Grace, Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea, presided over the proceedings as the Archbishop of Bamenda and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC).

The opening ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, 09 April 2024, saw the esteemed presence of His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Notable speeches were delivered by His Grace Jean Mbarga, Archbishop of Yaoundé, and Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea, President of NECC.

‘Archbishop Andrew NKEA invited the citizens of Cameroon to register massively in good time, on the electoral register, to fulfill their civic duty during the forthcoming elections,’ read a c
ommunique by the NECC.

During the assembly, the Bishops voiced concerns about other issues affecting the country’s political, social, and economic landscape.

These concerns included the slow implementation of the Law on Decentralization, insecurity, high costs of living, the rise of secularism, desecration of sacred places, homosexuality, and the exploitation of natural and mining resources.

These challenges were highlighted as significant obstacles to the development of citizens.

Additionally, the assembly witnessed the appointment of new individuals to various positions, signaling a potential shift in leadership within certain sectors.

As Cameroon prepares for the 2025 elections, the call by the Catholic Bishops for massive voter registration demonstrates the importance of civic engagement and participation in shaping the future of the nation.

Source: Cameroon News Agency