Cameroon attempts to register 10 mln voters before elections

YAOUNDE, March 16 (NNN-Xinhua) — Cameroon’s electoral body Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) attempted to register at least 10 million voters before the legislative and municipal elections in September, said ELECAM Chairman Enow Abrams Egbe.

During the first annual meeting of the body, Egbe called on all eligible voters in the country to “exercise the right to vote and to participate in the choice of the country’s leaders.”

Voter registration throughout Cameroon and in the country’s diplomatic representations abroad began in early January.

Cameroon will hold at least two elections, including legislative and municipal elections scheduled for September, according to the electoral calendar. Regional elections could also be held in the year.

According to ELECAM statistics, about 6.67 million people were registered in the presidential election in October last year, including 19,420 abroad, with a turnout of 53.85 percent.

“We hope that calm and peace will return to facilitate the registration process,” said ELECAM’s Director General Erik Essousse.

Cameroon is facing growing insecurity in its two anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest, where separatists want to create a new nation called “Ambazonia.” — NNN-XINHUA