Cameroon vote suffers delays, confusion

October 9, 2011 22:08


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YAOUNDE - Voters in Cameroon faced delays and organizational shortfalls in an election on Sunday where President Paul Biya is expected to extend his 29-year rule over the central African state against a fragmented opposition.

The one-round vote comes just weeks after a smooth handover of power in Zambia showed that Africa can deliver peaceful political change through the ballot box.

But with Biya, 78, seen keeping his place among the clutch of African leaders in power for decades, the main question in the oil-producing nation is whether the election will pass smoothly after rivals alleged the vote is skewed against them.

There were no official turnout figures but voting appeared sluggish in the capital Yaounde. Many Cameroonians appeared indifferent to the election campaign, feeling the vote was a foregone conclusion. Results could take days to emerge.

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