Gunshots heard at Commercial Avenue this Palm Sunday morning. Here is the reason why:

Yesterday the governors of the South West and North West Regions released communiqués that no vehicles and motorbikes will be allowed to circulate in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon today Sunday March 25th, which is also Palm Sunday.

This measure is to tighten security as the senatorial elections unfold this Sunday.

See the statements below:


This morning bikes and taxis were circulating the streets in the South West and North West as Christians were going to church to celebrate Palm Sunday.

It is worthy to note that the communiqué restricting movement was signed yesterday evening, so instead of seeing this movement as civic disobedience, we'd like to think that most of the population was not aware, because there was not ample time for circulation of the information.

Hours after, gunshots were heard at Commercial Avenue Bamenda, as forces of law and order fired to scare away the citizens who who violating the governor's order by moving.

Motorbikes who are circulating are also being harrased for violation of government order.

Meanwhile, about the senatorial elections proper:

Camaras have been restricted at polling stations in Kumbo, Bamenda, and other parts of the North West region.

The polling stations are surrounded by security forces.

Councillors arrive polling stations in groups accompanied by the police.

Meanwhile in other regions of the country, reports hold it that elections are hitch free.

In the Littoral Region, 15 Organisations and Associations who were monitoring the Senatorial elections at the Polling Station in Wouri, Littoral are reporting that it was hitch free.

Each councillor is entitled to 50.000frs after taking part in the voting exercise.

Councillors in Douala have started complaining that instead of the money to be given to the Elecam Officials so that they would easily have access to it, it was given to the State Treasury.

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