Cameroon

Presidential poll in disarray


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The presidential election yesterday was in disarray as voters stayed away from the poll saying that they already knew the name of the winner.

Low turnout was recorded across the country with some polling stations recording hardly any votes and others closing early because of lack of voters. In a number of areas polling stations opened late, as much as three hours late, and when people did turn up many of them found that they were not registered to vote.

In a number of instances there had been double and even multiple registration, allowing voters to vote more than once. Complaints were made that the ink used on the finger to indicate that someone had voted was not indelible and could be easily washed off.

The results may not be known for up to two weeks, but everyone in Cameroon is clear that incumbent president Paul Biya will be the winner.

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