Over 6.8 million Cameroonians across the country have voted new Parliamentarians and Municipal Councillors for a-five-year mandate.
The Municipal and Legislative elections took place on February 9, 2020 nationwide from 8 am to 6 pm.
According to Erik Essousse, Director General of the Elections Management Body, ELECAM, voting took place in 26,366 polling stations in the country’s 10 regions, 58 Divisions and 360 Sub-Divisions .
Amongst the voters was the President of the Republic and wife , Paul and Chantal Biya who cast their votes at the Government Bilingual Primary School Bastos 1.
A total of 33 political parties presented candidates for the Legislative elections and 42 for Municipal elections. Some parties called for boycott during campaigns on claims of inconsistencies.
According the the Minister of Terrotorial Administration, Paul Atangana Nji, voting took place took place hitch-free nationwide.
Voting in the crisis region
Although the two English -speaking regions are observing an imposed lockdown, some persons braved the odds and went out to vote.
Speaking about the conduct of the elections, Paul Atangana Nji, the Minister of Territorial Administration, said all went well.
” Concerning the North West and South West regions, the population turned out massively to exercise their civic duty in all administrative units” Paul Atanga Nji,Territorial Administration Minister.
0ver 150 journalists were accredited to cover elections in both regions. While a total of 16, 765 national and international observers were equally in the regions to ascertain the transparency of the polls.
The twin elections were convened by the Head of State on November 10, 2019. Campaigns were launched on January 25, 2020, and ran through February 8, at midnight.
At 6 pm , all polling stations closed to give way to the vote counting exercise which began shortly .
The counted ballots will be subjected to the required procedure and results are expected in about two weeks from now.
Kathy Neba Sina