Cameroon vote counting starts

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Election polls closed in Cameroon late last week, as vote counting amid expectation that longstanding president Paul Biya will win another term.

Biya has been in office since 1982.

“I am satisfied after performing my civic duty and particularly satisfied that the election is taking place in calm and serenity and without fighting,” said Biya.

“I hope that the calm will continue after results are proclaimed.”

Biya’s chief opposition, Social Democratic Front party candidate Joshua Osih, meanwhile, has called for transparency in vote counting.

“My wish is that the results of the ballot should not be tampered with. That transparency should be the watchword and that the choice made by the Cameroonian people be respected,” he said.

The leaders’ remarks come after the military killed two armed men in the English-speaking northwest town of Bamenda, according to Governor Deben Tchoffo of the Northwest region.

“We shall not allow terrorists to disrupt the election,. I salute the maturity of people who are braving the threats and carrying out their civic duties. We are informed that armed men are shooting indiscriminately to frighten voters, we shall not allow such a thing to happen,” added Tchoffo.

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