17h: It is 18h in Cameroon, the poll is now officially completed and the polling stations closed. The vote count will be able to start. Overall, the voting day was calm, except in the two English-speaking regions of the country, where insecurity disrupted the election.
4:50 pm: Polling stations are about to close. The poll must end at 18h local time, 17h in universal time. The counting can begin. On social networks, many Cameroonians say they are ready to attend the final count.
4:40 pm: Despite the withdrawal of Akere Muna, ballots in his name were present in some polling stations. The lawyer withdrew on Friday, October 5, for the benefit of former Justice Minister Maurice Kamto. On Saturday, the polling organization announced that it was too late to withdraw the ballots. The Akere Muna camp was surprised in a statement: “It is unpublished to require a candidate who has waived to maintain his candidacy. Also in the same statement, Akere Muna believes that “it is clear that Elecam is trying to evade its responsibilities, or to lend a hand to an electoral fraud.”
4:25 pm: Insecurity in the English-speaking North-West region is likely to affect forbearance in the region. According to a document issued by Elecam, the organ in charge of organizing the election, which RFI was able to obtain, out of the 2,343 polling stations originally planned, only 79 remain open for the entire year. northern English-speaking region, including 13 in Bamenda. If it wants to vote, the population must travel considerable distances to put a ballot in the ballot box.
4:10 pm: If the polls take place calmly in the francophone zone, in the two English-speaking regions of the country, the situation is much more tense. In Bamenda, the capital of the North-West, several witnesses joined by RFI describe a ghost town, surveyed only by soldiers and policemen. A member of the civil society, accredited observer of the poll, indicates that the shots occur every hour. He could not vote or supervise the election due to insecurity, and the number of polling stations dropped drastically.
3:45 pm: At Akwa public school in downtown Douala, several voters were surprised by the good organization of the vote at the microphone of our correspondent. “In 2011, I remember, the vote had started late because there was no ballot,” confided a woman. “In 2011, I also remember, there were some voters who were desperately looking for their polling station so they could not vote,” said another voter. This year the lists are displayed, all the equipment is in place, there is not this tension that was felt before in the offices. Some voters, however, have difficulty finding their polling stations because of a confusion between the number on their electoral map and the one on the file.
07:30: The presidential campaign in Cameroon ended this Saturday with the last meetings in Yaoundé and Douala. Appointments covered by our correspondents on the spot.
07:10: In Yaoundé, voters begin to arrive in the polling stations as in high school Leclerc, one of the largest voting centers in the capital. It must nevertheless present white paw at the entrance. Police filter access with metal detectors and systematically search all vehicles.