Many elected officials have died, but they have not been replaced as provided by law.
On September 22, 2016, we learned the death of Delphine Medjo. Beyond the pain for her family and her political family, the disappearance of the CPDM Senator from Mvila in the South Region, raises an issue that calls into question the functioning of the Senate.
La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) published on September 26, 2016 took the opportunity to make a list of senators who have died since the establishment of the upper house of parliament. Youssoufa Dawa in October 2015, Steven Jikong Yérima in November 2014, Francis Nkwain in October 2014, Fon Fontem Njifua Lucas in April 2014. SDF deputy Senator Illiassou Ntieche Mouchili, he was dead before the entry into service of the Senate.
They all went, but they were not replaced. Which brings LNE to say that the Senate operates illegally. The paper recalls the provisions of Article 219 of the Electoral Code, which provides in Article 1 that “in case of death of an elected senator and in accordance with provisions of Article 155 above, there should be a procedure for partial election at the level of the region. “
Paragraph 3 of the same section also specifies that “in case of death of an appointed senator, a new senator is appointed to complete the term, at the behest of the President of the Republic.” Yet for now, none of these provisions has been respected. Something that undermines the legitimacy of actions taken by the Senate.