At least 25,000 polling stations located across the 10 Region of Cameroon have opened for voters to choose the country’s next President amid gunfire reported in parts of Bamenda, North West Region.
Close to 7 million potential voters are expected to choose from among eight candidates vying for the office of President of the Republic.
At least two gunmen are reported to have crumbled under gunfire in the neighbourhood of Old Church Roundabout in Bamenda. This happened around 6:30 am
Residents told The National Times that gunfire exchange has been on in most part of Bamenda II Sub-division. Some inhabitants said they were on the floor for fear of stray bullets.
Another inhabitant in the Town of Mbengwi Divisional headquarters of Momo Division said sporadic gunshots were equally heard in the early hours of today.
But for such sporadic attacks from gunmen suspected to be elements of separatists’ groups battling to frustrate the election, the other parts of the city enjoyed some relative calm.
A host of top regime barons of Anglophone extraction are expected to cast their votes in the City of Bemenda.
John Fru Ndi Chairman of the Social Democratic Front(SDF) party is also expected to vote in Bamenda.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang is also expected to vote in the North West Region of the Country.
Incumbent President Paul Biya candidate of the ruling CPDM party is expected to vote at a polling station comprising over 300 potential voters at Government Primary School Bastos in the nation’s capital Yaounde.
At the moment, it is unclear if villagers in the interior of Anglophone Cameroon where polling stations have opened will brave the odds to cast their vote for a candidate of their choice.
Voting will run till 6:00pm when counting is expected to be done and the figures forwarded to the National Vote Counting Commission. It will take 15 days at most for the Constitutional Council to proclaim the results of the vote.