The visit to CATUC of the cultural attaché at the American Embassy.
This visit which was a give and take looked at the democratic process in Cameroon especially in the context of the upcoming municipal and parliamentary elections. Considered was the biometric registration which one of those present reiterated the fact that the biometric process being used in Cameroon is the passive model. There is no on the spot identification of the holder of a voter's card. Manual forms will still be used for this purpose which indicates one of the big weaknesses of the system. Various rigging techniques which have been put in place were mentioned and considered. The disparity in campaign facilities and possibilities were presented. The opposition parties are evidently disadvantaged from the beginning as the ruling party does not seem to distinguish between state funds and property and party funds and means.
Dr Koehler moderated the discussion and mentioned that 10 teams from the American embassy were dispatched yesterday to monitor elections in the 10 regions of Cameroon. At the end of the meeting, Dr Koehler donated books worth 2 million francs CFA to the CATUC library. This is about the second time the American embassy in Cameroon is donating essential and recently published books to Catuc.
The VC and library staff Receiving Books from Dr. Koehler The VC and the DVCA go through some of the books US Embassy staff, the VC and Dr Koehler