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BELIEVE IN CAMEROON

CRAC

 

STATUTES

 

Adopted at the National Convention of October 28, 2016.

 

Notice: The masculine gender used in this text simply facilitates its drafting.

             CRAC is respectful to the gender.

 

Preamble

 

➢ Mindful of the rising cost of living and the slimming down of the food basket in Cameroon,

➢ Mindful of the rise of the rural exodus and illegal emigration in Cameroon,

➢ Mindful of the important place of the local market in the development of Cameroon,

➢ Mindful of the rise of social despair and loss of national feeling,

➢ Mindful of excessive centralization and personalization of the power of State in Cameroon;

➢ Convinced that it is up to Africans in general and Cameroonians in particular to foster their own development;

➢ Convinced that national salvation depends on the decentralization of public policies;

➢ Convinced that Agriculture and local development are the gateway to economic recovery in Cameroon;

➢ Convinced that social justice is based on the erection of the free competition at the national level;

➢ Convinced that no people in the world can make a decisive contribution to international relations if not fully independent;

➢ Considering that traditional institutions of governance and regulation are not sufficiently involved in decision-making;

➢ Considering that Africa in general, and Cameroon in particular are full of wealth untapped, be it material, intellectual, moral, cultural, scientific and spiritual,

➢ Considering that the human being is not enough placed at the centre of the concerns of development policies like agriculture, education, health, work, housing, water, energy and the environment;

➢ Considering that it is paradoxical that the citizens are starving in an agricultural economy like Cameroon;

➢ Considering the proliferation of several forms of deviance affecting the development of the populations;

➢ Considering that rural woman who should play a key role in the balance and stability of the family is not sufficiently trained and involved in the management of the city;

➢ Considering that rural woman who carries the bulk of the social and family economy in Cameroon is not recognized and valued;

➢ Considering the obstacles and resistance hindering the full integration of the Central Africa in particular and the whole continent in General;

➢ Considering iniquity that characterizes the international agreements;

➢ Considering the natural strategic position of Cameroon and its role in the evolution of the world;

➢ Mindful of the law No 2008/001 of 14 April 2008 amending and supplementing some provisions of the bill No 96-06 of 18 January 1996 to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon of June 02, 1972,

➢ Mindful of the African Charter on democracy, Elections and governance of 30 January 2007 in Addis Ababa, Kenya,

➢ Mindful of law No. 90/053 of 19 December 1990 on freedom of association in Cameroon,

We, men, women, and young Cameroonians decided to create a political party called "BELIEVE in CAMEROON" abbr. "CRAC".

Thus:

Any member of the party undertakes:

➢ To respect the general statutes and rules of procedure;

➢ To fight corruption, hatred, tribalism, racism, crime, poverty and impoverishment;

➢ To promote the human rights and freedoms.

 

CHARTER

 

CRAC affirms the following values:

1. The respect for the rules of law.

2. The solidarity and sharing.

3. The social justice based on free competition.

4. The respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as promotion and widespread use of Cameroonian languages.

5. The respect for good governance.

6. The sacralization of the public thing.

7. The protection of biodiversity and environment.

8. The rejection of productivist ideology and dogma of unlimited growth.

9. The culture of peace, tolerance and non-violence.

10. The freedom of conscience.

11. Democracy as governance method while emphasizing the principles of concordance and collegiality.

12. Transparency in the decision-making process.

 

OPERATION PRINCIPLES

 

For its operation, CRAC affirms the following principles:

➢ Equality of members based on the principle: "one person - one vote."

➢ The principle of exemplarity in operation;

➢ Recognition of the diversity of our society at all levels of internal and external responsibility;

➢ The rule of duty and moral obligation on the benefits associated with different functions;

➢ The affirmation of democracy at all levels. Transparency of accounts and independence from all groups;

➢ Moral probity as a foundation of public goods management;

➢ The accountability for any act that commits the party in the management of public affairs.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

For CRAC, unless stated otherwise, the following expressions mean:

National integration: mixing of populations in respect of collective and individual differences perceived as national wealth; cooperation for the greater good in the spirit of brotherhood; equality of all citizens regardless of their cultural, regional or religious origins. SO, it is neither assimilation nor uniformity.

National identity or national sentiment or national consciousness: Citizen’s feeling of belonging to the Cameroon Nation; same ideological reflex from citizens in the defense of interests of the Nation.

Principle of consistency: This principle is characterized by the composition of Party’s organs in proportion to the different sensitivities, by the integration of political forces, the rejection of conflict and the search for negotiated solutions to problems through dialogue. Principle obliging the parties in conflict to find a solution through mutual compromise.

Principle of collegiality: Organization of a group of individuals whose position is legitimized by elections and act as a legal unit. The members of the college are equal in rights and fulfill their tasks without any of them imposing its will on the others. Collegiality requires a code of conduct to which all members of the college are subject and which committed them to publicly defend decisions according to the majority principle and to assume it.

 

TITLE 1: GENERAL PRINCIPLES

 

CHAPTER 1: DENOMINATION, DURATION, HEADQUARTERS AND EMBLEM

 

Article 1: It is created between individuals (men, women and youth) adhering to the statutes and in accordance with the Law N° 90/056 of 19 December 1990 on political parties, a political party called "BELIEVE in CAMEROON" abbr. "CRAC"

 

Article 2: Duration is unlimited.

 

Article 3: The headquarters of the party is in Yaoundé. However, it may, when circumstances require, be transferred to any other place of the national territory under decision of the Management Board.

 

Article 4:

a) The emblem of the party is: Map of Cameroon in yellow background between two arcs and the English (up) and French (down) name of the party surrounding its FRENCH acronym.

(b) The motto of the party is: MOVING TOGETHER.

(c) The party colors are: green and yellow (in two halves of a Rainbow). The green color represents nature, hope, rebirth and vitality; Yellow representative joy, success, happiness and fulfillment.

 

CHAPTER II: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

 

Article 5: CRAC aims the improvement of the living conditions of populations by restoring hope to the people of Cameroon through the transformation of its environment.

 

Article 6: To achieve its goal, the party set goal to bring all the necessary structural reforms to the development of Cameroon and to the promotion of social well-being.

 

CHAPTER III: MEMBERSHIP, DUTIES, RIGHTS, AND LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP

 

Article 7: CRAC membership is free. It can be made at local, national or foreign level. The members of CRAC are physical or moral people, Cameroonians without distinction of race, belief, religion, gender and ethnic group, who have subscribe to these statutes and have paid membership fees.

The minimum entry age is 18.

 

Article 8: From the date of accession, each Member is required to comply with the statutes and the rules of procedure, to respect the decisions of the governing bodies of the party, to subscribe to the Charter and fundamental principles of the party.

 

Article 9: Any member of the CRAC is entitled to training and to be regularly informed on the action of the party. He or she shall receive a membership card upon joining. He can be issued a copy of the statutes and rules of procedure at its expense.

 

Article 10: The quality of Member is lost by death, by any other disability resulting in the loss of reason, by resignation or exclusion as stipulated in the rules of procedure.

A repeated and unjustified absence at three statutory meetings results in the loss of membership.

 

TITLE II: ORGANIZATION GENERAL AND OPERATION

CHAPTER 1: GENERAL ORGANIZATION

 

Article 11: CRAC’s organs are constituted as follows:

  • The management bodies;
  • The national bodies;
  • The territorial divisions.

 

Article 12: The management bodies are:

  • The National Convention;
  • The Management Board.

 

Article 13: The national bodies are:

  • The national Council;
  • There could be created upon a simple decision of the Board of Managers, any other body necessary for the proper functioning of the party.

 

Article 14: The territorial subdivisions in Cameroon are:

  • The regional coordination offices;
  • The departmental coordination offices;
  • The local coordination offices;
  • The cells at village level;
  • The Committees at the level of neighborhoods.

 

Article 15: The territorial subdivisions outside Cameroon are Representatives offices by country or region of the world.

A decision of the Management Board creates these offices abroad and delimits their areas of competence.

 

CHAPTER II: OPERATION OF THE DIRECTION BODIES

SECTION I: THE NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

Article 16: The National Convention is the supreme body of CRAC. It provides guidance and deliberates on the general action of CRAC. It meets every four (04) years in regular session convened by the Management Board. However, it may meet in extraordinary session on the initiative of the management Board or at the request of 2/3 members of the National Coordination.

The National Convention is convened at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.

 

Article 17: The National Convention includes:

  • The Members of the Management Board;
  • The Members of the national Council;
  • The Members of the Government, members of CRAC;
  • The Senators, members of CRAC.
  • The Parliamentarians members of CRAC;
  • The Regional advisers, members of CRAC;
  • The mayors, members of CRAC;
  • The municipal advisers, members of CRAC;
  • The Delegates of regional offices;
  • The Delegates of departmental offices;
  • The presidents of municipal coordination;
  • The Delegates of foreign bodies;
  • The presidents of specialized structures;
  • The Representatives of affiliated structures;
  • The Special guests;

The number of the representatives, delegates and guests is set by the Management Board.

 

Article 18: During its sessions, the National Convention is pledged to:

  • Define the general policy of CRAC;
  • Elect a bureau of session of three persons - non eligible – in charge of the directing the work.
  • Elect, by party-list, members of the Management Board;
  • To vote for the party candidate, based on the results of the primary;
  • Exercise disciplinary power as a last resort in accordance with the rules of procedure;
  • To ratify the measures taken by the Management Board in the period between two conventions;
  • To approve the amendments of the statutes and rules of procedure.

 

Article 19: A rules of procedure defines the format of the debates in the Convention as well as the decision-making.

 

SECTION II: THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

 

Article 20: The Management Board of CRAC is the body  heading the party and implements the decisions of the National Convention.

It constitutes the Government of the party. Each member holds a portfolio that is determined by the principle of concordance.

 

Article 21: The Management Board is composed of 9 members. It is expandable if necessary under simple decision of the members. The portfolio may include without limitation:

1. Political project / General Policy;

2. Communication / Spokesperson;

3. Training / Negotiations / Security;

4. Organization / Logistics

5. Decentralized structures / Dismemberments;

6. Mobilization of resources /Cooperation;

7. Legal Affairs / Elections;

8. Administration / Management;

9. Mobilization / Strategic intelligence;

The Management Board decides in accordance with the principle of collegiality. It is pledged to find solutions to the internal differences in accordance with the principle of concordance.

 

Article 22: The Management Board is supported in its work by a college of national Advisors on specialized issues.

This college of advisors is extensible by a simple decision of the Management Board.

 

Article 23: The Management Board meets once a month upon the call of its Chairperson.

  • It runs the party in the interval that separates two Conventions;
  • It organizes and sets the agenda of national Conventions;
  • It develops political and financial party reports that are presented to the National Convention;
  • It ensures respect for the Charter, the principles of operation and the Discipline of the party;
  • It defines the party's budget;
  • It includes a National Commission of appeal which makes the final decision for every disciplinary action that is subject to appeal and whose operation is specified in the rules of procedure.

 

Article 24: For its operation, the Management Board elects a Chairman and a Secretary.

 

Article 25: The Chairman of the Board is guarantor of the ideals of the party. He is the legal representative of the party. He represents the party in all national and international public events. He convenes the National Convention, meetings of the Board and the National Council. He orders the party's expenses.

 

Article 26: In case of impediment or extended disability of the Chairman or any other Member, the Board satisfies its replacement.

 

Article 27: The Secretary of the Board is the top guns of the party. He is responsible for the administration and the day-to-day management of the party.

  • He is responsible for the conservation of all the archives of the party.
  • He keeps the general registry of members of the party and ensures its permanent update.
  • He is the interface of the Board with other bodies of the party.
  • He develops and presents to the Board the draft budget for adoption.

 

Article 28: The Management Board set up a permanent Disciplinary Committee charged with maintaining order within the party.

Sanctions which may be imposed are defined by the rules of procedure.

 

Article 29: Thematic committees are established by the Board based on political, social, economic, and cultural interest of the project of Government of CRAC and its international policy. They are animated by thematic delegates.

 

Article 30: Ad hoc Commissions are established at the initiative of the Board for all urgent issues falling outside the competence of the thematic committees.

 

Article 31: The Member of the Board responsible of information, communication and propaganda is in charge of:

  • The communication plan of the party;
  • The relations with media;
  • The development and issuing of communication media;
  • The party’s propaganda.

 

Article 32: School of CRAC is established and managed by a member of the Board who may constitute a Scientific Council composed of competent and qualified personalities with the mission to:

  • Train activists about activism and the values of the party;
  • Conduct studies needed and likely to feed the social project that the Party proposes to Cameroonians;
  • Produce knowledge likely to fuel the process of decision-making and position of the party;
  • Manage education, training and conferences seminars for activists and executives of the party
  • Report this work under the supervision of the Management Board;

 

CHAPTER III: FUNCTIONING OF REGIONAL BODIES

 

SECTION I: REGIONAL COORDINATION

 

Article 33: The Regional Coordination is composed of representatives of the various departments of the Region, i.e. two (02) representatives from each Department. In accordance with the general policy of the party, the Regional Coordination is pledged to:

  • The development of the regional program of the party prior to each regional election.
  • The follow-up of the regional policy of the party and of CRAC within the Regional Council.
  • The Organization of information and awareness campaigns on regional policy.
  • The preparation of regional elections preceded, if necessary by discussions with the various partners of the party at the regional level.

 

Article 34: The Regional Coordination is not involved in the day-to-day management of the departmental coordination. Instead it can be seized by a departmental Coordination for arbitration of its internal disputes, before eventual referred to the Management Board. It conveys the instructions of the party hierarchy to the departmental coordination and collects reports from the latter for transmission with notice to the Management Board.

 

Article 35: The Regional Coordination is headed by a Regional Bureau composed of

  • A President
  • A Vice-president;
  • A Secretary;
  • A Deputy Secretary;
  • A Treasurer;
  • An Auditor;
  • An Advisor.
  • Thematic delegates according to the specificities of the region (education, Economic Affairs, land planning, etc.)

 

Article 36: For its functioning, the regional Coordination draws its resources from:

  • Ratios of the membership fees;
  • Products of lawful activities of self-funding, donations and legacies;

 

Article 37: The Regional Coordination Office meets once a month before the meeting of the Executive Board and the members of this Bureau are designated for four (04) years.

 

SECTION II: DEPARTMENTAL COORDINATION

 

Article 38: The departmental Coordination includes representatives of different local coordination of each Department, at the rate of three (03). Coordination organizes activist labor in the Department. It must respect and ensure respect of the texts and decisions of the superior bodies of the party. The departmental coordination is pledged:

  • To receive reports from municipal coordination for transmission with notice to the hierarchy;
  • To find solutions to political, economic and social cross-cutting issues raised by communal coordination across the Department;
  • To inform the Regional Coordination of their activities;
  • To pass information from higher party bodies to municipal Coordination Offices.

 

Article 39: The departmental Coordination is headed by a departmental office consisting of:

  • A President;
  • A Vice-president;
  • A Secretary;
  • A Deputy Secretary;
  • A Treasurer;
  • An Auditor;
  • An Advisor.
  • Thematic delegates according to the specificities of the Department (education, Economic Affairs, land planning, etc.).

 

Article 40: The members of the Departmental Office are elected according to the terms specified by the rules of procedure. The departmental Coordination designates two representatives for the Regional Coordination.

 

Article 41: For the financing of its activities, the departmental Coordination draws its resources from:

  • The membership fees, according to the quota established by the Board.
  • An endowment from allowances for the members of CRAC, the rate of contribution is set by the Board.
  • Other resources authorized by the legislation on political parties.

 

Article 42: The Office of the departmental Coordination meets once a month before the regional coordination and the mandate of its members is four (04) years.

 

SECTION III: MUNICIPAL COORDINATION

 

Article 43: The municipal coordination is an Assembly of different cells in the villages and neighborhoods to a common scale. It is an instance of pooling of political, social and economic activists concerns in a commune. It is composed of delegate members of local cells to a maximum of two (02) representatives by cells. Its missions are:

  • To receive reports from the cells of neighborhoods or villages;
  • To consider solutions to political, economic and social cross-cutting issues raised by cells;
  • To inform the departmental Coordination of their activities;
  • To receive and transmit applications for local elections to the departmental Coordination.

 

Article 44: The Municipal Coordination is managed by a municipal office which takes into account the importance of representation of women and young people. It is composed of:

  • A President;
  • A Vice-president;
  • A Secretary;
  • A Secretary delegate;
  • A Treasurer;
  • An Auditor;
  • Three advisers.
  • Thematic delegates according to the specificities of the Commune (education, Economic Affairs, planning, etc.).

 

Article 45: The President and the Secretary represent the municipal Coordination during the meetings of the departmental Coordination.

 

Article 46: The financial resources of the municipal coordination are:

  • The contributions of the members of the Bureau;
  • The share from the membership fees;
  • The endowment from allowances of the members of CRAC, the contribution rate being set by the Management Board;
  • Other resources authorized by the legislation on political parties.

 

Article 47: The municipal Coordination is convened twice a month at the initiative of its President, and in case of need, in a special session following the same procedure, or at the request of 2/3 of its members.

 

CHAPTER IV: FUNCTIONING OF LOCAL BODIES

 

Article 48: The district or village cell is the basic structure of the party. It consists of at least ten (10) members of the village or neighborhood scale. It is the place for debate and gathering of all members. This essential structure of militant life has the responsibility to establish a real activism of proximity.

 

Article 49: Beyond the threshold of fifty (50) Members, a cell can be divided into several cells, after asking on request of one-quarter of the members of the cell and by a simple majority vote at the General Assembly of the affected cell. So split structures receive the agreement of the Board for their operation.

 

Article 50: The cell is headed by a Bureau of the cell. It includes:

  • A President;
  • A Vice-president;
  • A Secretary;
  • A Deputy Secretary;
  • A Treasurer;
  • A Deputy Treasurer;
  • An Auditor;
  • Three advisers.
  • Thematic delegates in functions of local specificities (education, Economic Affairs, planning, etc.)

 

Article 51: The members of the Bureau of the cell are elected according to the election procedures laid down by the rules of procedure.

 

Article 52: The Office of the cell meets once a week. If necessary, special meetings may be called by the President following a specific agenda or at the request of 2/3 of its members.

 

Article 53: The missions of a district or village cell are:

  • The recruitment and mobilization of members and supporters of the party in its area of competence;
  • The placement in the same area of the membership cards;
  • The election eve at a local election level;
  • The thinking of and the search for local solutions to members concerns and even of populations;
  • The resort to higher authorities of the party for all the problems having not found their solution at the local level;
  • The Organization of the debate on any matter of local policy and information of the political hierarchy of the Party on their opinions;
  • The Mentoring of and transmission to members of all information and keywords from the Board.

 

Article 54: The cell works thanks to the contributions of the members and the fruits of their fundraising activities as well as a share of membership fees.

 

Article 55: The mandate of its members is four (04) years.

 

CHAPTER V: OPERATION OUTSIDE BODIES

 

Article 56: They are pledged to:

  • Organize CRAC policy awareness and information campaigns.
  • Participate in the development of the campaign strategy regarding the general elections in Cameroon.
  • To pass the instructions of the party hierarchy to members and collect the wishes of the Diaspora for transmission with notice to the Management Board.

 

Article 57: The Coordination abroad is directed by a country or region Bureau composed of:

  • A President;
  • A Vice-president;
  • A Secretary;
  • A Deputy Secretary;
  • A Treasurer;
  • An Auditor;
  • An advisor.

 

Article 58: For its functioning, the Coordination abroad draws its resources from:

  • Contributions of its members;
  • Products of lawful activities of self-funding, donations and legacies;
  • The share of the membership in the host country.

 

Article 59: The Coordination Office for the host country meets once a month before the meeting of the Board and the mandate of its members is four (04) years.

 

Article 60: Depending on the necessities, the Board could create territorial subdivisions in the coordination offices abroad.

 

TITLE III: FINANCING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

CHAPTER VI: RESOURCES

 

Article 61: CRAC resources consist of:

  • Membership fees;
  • The contributions of the members;
  • Endowments from allowances of the elected members of CRAC, the contribution rate is set by the Management Board;
  • Public aid as provided by law;
  • The proceeds of loans;
  • Gifts and legacies of the members;
  • All other resources authorized by the law.

 

Article 62: The amount of the contributions is set by the Management Board. Contributions are paid according to the provisions laid down in the rules of procedure.

 

Article 63: The various services to the party are on a volunteer basis. However, depending on the necessities, the party could employ a paid staff.

 

Article 64: The auditor controls the financial management of the accounts of CRAC. HE is certified by an external auditor requested by the Board.

 

Article 65: CRAC will have a bank account for the custody and management of its funds which the signatories are the President, the Treasurer and the Auditor. At least two signatures are required for operations.

 

TITLE IV: AMENDMENT OF THE STATUTES

 

Article 66: These statutes may be revised by the National Convention on a proposal from the Board of CRAC. The amendments are made by a simple majority of the votes cast.

 

Article 67: A rules of procedure laying down various provisions of those statutes determines:

  • The Organization of the National Convention;
  • The Organization and functioning of CRAC;
  • The Procedures for membership and for the election of members;
  • The disciplinary and financial provisions.

 

TITLE V: FINAL PROVISIONS

 

Article 68: the dissolution of CRAC is pronounced by the National Convention, by an absolute majority of the votes cast, on a proposal from the Management Board.

 

Article 69: In case of election of the President of CRAC to the Presidency of the Republic, for the duration of the presidential mandate, management of the CRAC is assured by the Management Board.

Unless otherwise directed by the National Convention, the President of the Republic, Member of CRAC, is automatically the candidate of CRAC in the next presidential election only for his second term.

 

Done in Yaoundé, this October 28, 2016.