Cameroon closes borders ahead of general elections polling day

YAOUNDE, Feb. 7 Xinhua | Cameroon national borders will be closed ahead of general elections polling day on Sunday, according to an order by the country’s minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji that is made public Friday afternoon.

“National borders shall be closed 48 hours to polling day. They will be reopened the following day after voting,” according to the order, adding that international flights are exempted from the border closure.

The circulation of goods and persons within the territory by intercity road, railway, and airlines is also banned from Feb. 8 at midnight to Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

The authorities announced the measure as the election of National Assembly representatives and municipal councilors is taking place in a context of growing tension in the Anglophone regions where separatists are fighting to create a new nation they call “Ambazonia”.

Armed separatist forces have vowed they will disrupt voting in these regions, representing about 20 percent of the national population.

Cameroon had taken similar mesures restricting transborder and intercity transports ahead of last presidential election in Oct. 2018.

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4 comments

  1. Such measures, help to run the economy down and soon, the press
    is going to tell us how wonderful, the damned country is faring good.

  2. Sad sad Country. What did Cameroon do that she is being punished with these types of idiots so-called leaders.

    • Boy, cameroon has natural resourses in plenty supply. Secondly, the people sat
      quiet and adored their naked leadership and for too long. These are the reasons,
      why cameroon is being purnished.

    • Her resourses and illiterate population are the problems.

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