Voting for Cameroon’s first ever regional elections began early Sunday.
Polling, which is taking place in compliance with anti-COVID-19 measures, started nationwide at 8 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m. local time.
In the country’s commercial capital Douala, municipal councillors and traditional rulers who constitute the electoral college were in a socially distanced queue outside polling stations, witnessed a Xinhua reporter.
Officials of electoral body Elections Cameroon (Elecam) told Xinhua voting, which is taking place in 58 divisional headquarters of the country, has so far begun “without any hitches.”
Municipal councillors and traditional rulers will elect 700 regional councillors and 200 representatives of traditional chieftains in the elections.
Fourteen political parties are competing in the elections which the government hopes will help appease a separatist crisis in two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.
According to Cameroonian constitutional law, the regional council is the assembly for the affairs of the region.
Cameroon has made the elections a cornerstone of the decentralisation process.