Cameroon Separatists Ignore Calls For Peaceful Elections

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroon-separatists-ignore-calls-peaceful-elections YAOUNDE – Separatists in Cameroon have ignored calls to allow voters in the northwest and southwest regions to vote in next month’s elections. Fighters have attacked staff of the elections body ELECAM and destroyed voting materials ahead of the official launch of campaigning Saturday.

Francois Louceny Fall, representative of the U.N. secretary-general in central Africa, says Cameroonians should support their government and make the Feb. 9 elections a success.

“We are here to make an appeal to all the stakeholders in Cameroon to maintain peace and unity in this country,” Fall said. “It is very, very important that the citizens of this country vote and choose those people who will represent them.”

Fall was accompanied this week to Cameroon by the secretary-general of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC), Chadian born Ahmed Allam-mi. Allam-mi said failure to hold elections may jeopardize efforts to bring peace to the northwest and southwest regions, where separatists have waged a war for independence since 2016.

The U.N. and CEMAC envoys arrived in Cameroon as separatist fighters in the northwest and southwest mounted roadblocks and reportedly attacked civilians seen with voter cards and election materials.

Electoral body ELECAM said its offices in the northwestern towns of Ndu, Kumbo and Ndop have been torched and some of its workers kidnapped.

VOA | Patrick Esso fled from the northwestern town of Santa, where he says clashes intensified Thursday. He says he was abducted and kept in a separatist camp for five hours because he was found with a voter card.

According to Esso, it will be impossible for the elections to take place.

“The president of the republic should call for an immediate cease-fire,” he said. “I do not think that somebody will go and stand and say he wants to campaign while the country is in flames.”

The military has clashed with separatists several times this week, and says it killed at least 17 insurgents.

The separatists represent English-speakers who want to secede from the rest of Cameroon and its French-speaking majority. They have vowed on social media that no election will take place in the English-speaking regions they call Ambazonia.

In spite of the threats and attacks, ELECAM chairman Enow Abrams Egbe says the elections will take place and promised voting will be secure.

“The different headquarters of political parties must be known by the security in view to protect them,” Egbe said. “Security corridors will be put in place for the electors to move from one area to the other… . Polling centers will be well protected, and also all the meetings of political party leaders will be well protected.”

Political parties say more than 60 people have been abducted in recent days. The separatists promised on social media to free the abductees after the polls.

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5 comments

  1. Fall and Ahmed, have no lessons to teach the people of NW/SW. It is
    unfortunate.

  2. Fall and Ahmed were in LRC and could not tell the sadistic regime to stop the carnage in Bali? Ambazonians have been voting up to 2016 what is it there to show?

    How many kilometers of road are tarred in Ndian where most of the oil wells are located?

    Where is the Bamenda Ring Road?

    Why is Ekok in Manyu a squalor even though it is second only to Douala in terms of customs revenue?

    Why are people in Mentchum living in darkness even though they have a waterfall that can be harnessed to supply electricity even to neighboring towns in Nigeria?

    Anybody whose name shall appear as haven won an election in any locality in Ambazonia will be marked for elimination.

    Fru Ndi and Agbor Balla are already on a MUST ELIMINATE list.

  3. Francois Louceny Fall, the corrupt representative of the U.N. secretary-general in central Africa, already received a bribe from LRC. That is the reason he behaves as a CPDM militant. He continues to support blindly the Etoudi junta at the United Nations.
    That notwithstanding, the momentum of the struggle remains UNSTOPPABLE, the war remains UNWINNABLE, SC remains UNGOVERNABLE.

  4. Les forces de défense et de sécurité du Cameroun ont incendié des maisons et des magasins en AMBAZONIE. Nous avons la liste de ce qu’ils font en plus de leurs actes barbares.

    Ils pillent, ils brûlent, ils tuent, ils mangent des chiens,
    Ils fouillent des poubelles, ils s’habillent en civils pour se faire passer pour des Ambazoniens.
    Ils s’habillent en clochards dans les rues et cachent des armes.
    Ils infiltrent les églises, les écoles, les universités pour écouter ce qui se dit.
    Ils se prostituent() pour glaner des infos
    Les nanas se prostituent() pour glaner des infos
    Les fonctionnaires vivent dans le chantage permanent
    Ils volent les pc, les téléphones et tout ce qu’ils trouvent.

    AMBAZONIANS, STAND FIRM. We are winning the battle in all aspects of te HUMANITY.

    ..NO ELECTONS..

  5. It’s funny how military burn down people’s houses and kill innocent civilians and these organizations will stay mute but now they come.out to tell people to go and vote. Which one is more important? Innocent lives murdered or stupid elections whose results have already been cooked and kept in the office of Atanga Nji?

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