Sunday in polls overshadowed by a partial opposition boycott and
separatist violence that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Elections for the central African country’s legislature and local
councils are taking place for the first time in seven years, after two
They are unlikely to ruffle the enduring rule of President Paul Biya,
one of the world’s oldest and longest-serving leaders, who has held a
tight grip on power for 37 of his 86 years.
As voting began large numbers of police and soldiers were seen deployed
on the streets of Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region, one of two
provinces gripped by bloody separatist violence.
But the polling stations in the city were almost deserted an hour after they opened at 8am (0700 GMT).