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Cameroon: Gov’t satisfied with conduct of Senatorial elections

Cameroon's government officials have said they are satisfied with the general conduct of the country's senatorial elections which took place…

Cameroon’s government officials have said they are satisfied with the general conduct of the country’s senatorial elections which took place Sunday, Mach 25.

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Atanga Nji, and Elections Cameroon General Manager, Abdoulaye Babale both took turns in separate press conference revealing the government’s impressions. To them, the elections was hitch free and transparent in all regions but for minor hitches in the crisis stricken anglophone regions.

Tensions continued to soar in the country’s anglophone regions where separatist rebels have been fighting government forces for several months. As some 10,000 municipal Councillors across Cameroon were voting for 70 members of the upper house for a duration of five years yesterday, reports say councilors in English speaking Cameroon were being escorted by security forces.

Sunday’s senatorial polls was closely monitored by authorities in the Northwest and the South west regions. It would be recalled that tensions have been flaring in these parts — accounting for about a fifth of the 23-million-strong population — since separatists proclaimed the autonomous republic of “Ambazonia” in October last year. The conflict between rebels and the army has become increasingly serious, as separatists urge the armed forces and government officials to leave the territory.

UN says the unrest in the anglophone regions has prompted around 33,000 people to flee to neighbouring Nigeria.

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