Cameroon ‘may reduce polling stations’

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Cameroon’s electoral body has suggested condensing the number of polling stations in the restive North-West region when elections take place in October.

Elecam Chairman, Enow Abraham Egbe made the proposal during a meeting with political parties at the weekend in Bamenda, where many expressed concerns that ongoing violence and calls by some for a breakaway Anglophone State could undermine efforts to hold the vote.

If enacted, he said, “The North-West region’s 1,770 polling station would be grouped together into 228”.

Some opposition politicians object to it, saying that it would force voters to travel greater distances and potentially put them off from exercising their democratic right.

Sammie Idika