People in Cameroun have voted for a new constitution and a new name for their country in a referendum held throughout the country on Saturday (20 May).
GV Street showing crowds and taxis with posters
CU Musicians on lorry
CU Poster 'UNC-CNU referendum'
CU Picture of President Ahidjo
SV & CU People wait outside polling station
MS People voting (3 shots)
SV & MV President Ahidjo with two daughters walking into polling station (2 shots)
MCU President Ahidjo places ballot paper in box.
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Background: People in Cameroun have voted for a new constitution and a new name for their country in a referendum held throughout the country on Saturday (20 May). The referendum climaxed an active campaign, which resulted in a near 99 per cent turnout at the polling stations.
One of the first to cast his vote was President Ahmadou Ahidjo, who attended a polling station in the capital of Yaounde, with his two daughters.
The large majority of voters called for the institution of a united state called the United Republic of the Cameroun.
The country will change form a federation of two regions which comprise the French-speaking eastern region and the English speaking western section with two separate prime ministers, into a united republic under a national government.