YAOUNDE, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's electoral body, Elections Cameroon (Elecam) on Monday published a list of 13 political parties, including the ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement that will compete in the country's Senate elections scheduled for March 12.
Director General of Elecam Essousse Erik said all was set for the smooth organization of the elections. "Our teams are well prepared. As usual, we are resolute to organize free and fair elections nationwide."
Municipal and regional councilors will elect 70 senators in 10 regions of the country and the president of the republic will appoint 30 other senators, to sum up to 100 senators who will run the senate for five years.
The Central African nation held its first Senate elections in 2013 after a 1996 constitutional amendment ushered in the Upper House of the Parliament.