Since 25 August 2016, Ali Hamidou is no longer the Regional Delegate of Elections Cameroon. He was sidelined from the structure by a decision of the Director General of ELECAM Abdoulaye BABALE.
According to sources close to ELECAM, the sacking of Ali Hamidou was based on the “use of service vehicles for private purposes and, also allocation of such vehicles for tours and missions of the local administrative authorities.“
A source in the direction of ELECAM indicates that the sacked delegate was not applying the “neutrality” that should show that body in charge of elections in Cameroon.
“We have somewhere lost our credibility in the Far North region because seeing our vehicles in the missions of some directors, some users thought that we were working with the administration. ELECAM remains an independent body, “reassures the source.
Ali Hamidou was replaced by Benjamin Lazabo who since 11 March 2010 was the Elections Cameroon divisional delegate for the Mayo-Kani in the Far North.
The Far North region occupies a prominent place in ELECAM. During the 2013 elections, the region had registered nearly 960,000 voters, placing itself in the top tier nationally. Despite the prevailing security climate, the potential is still there for the Far North to remain the most populous region in Cameroon.