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Cameroon polls votes being counted with low turnout

Paul Biya, Cameroon President campaigningPaul Biya, Cameroon President campaigning (Photo: Sopecam)
October 10, 2011

Votes are being counted after Sunday’s Presidential election in Cameroon, but turnout was said to be low.

One of the 23 presidential candidates in Cameroon’s election Daniel Soh Fone of the United Cameroon Socialist Party pulled out of the race, asking his supporters to instead vote for President Paul Biya.

Fone told WADR that he decided to make that move on elections day, because his fellow members of Cameroon’s opposition deceived the people by failing to form a united front against President Biya.

Click audio below to listen to Fone’s interview with WADR Frank Sainworla

WADR’s special reporters in the country said some polling stations opened late but the atmosphere was largely peaceful, though some irregularities were reported.

Incumbent President Paul Biya, who has been in power for 29 years, faced 22 other presidential candidates, including long time opposition leader John Fru Ndi.

There are some 7.5 million Cameroonians registered voters.

Cameroonian Journalists Roland Tsapi  and Pierre Agnoufack covered the elections for WADR in Cameroon’s commercial capital, Douala and the northwest province of Bamenda respectively.

Click audio below to listen

 


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