• Short Summary

    VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS IN WEST CAMEROUN ON SUNDAY TO ELECT 37 DEPUTIES TO THE REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, IN THE FIRST ONE-PARTY ELECTION EVER HELD IN THE REPUBLIC.

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    SIGNS, VOTERS QUEUEING, FILLING IN FORMS.




    Initials ERW/VS/BOB/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS IN WEST CAMEROUN ON SUNDAY TO ELECT 37 DEPUTIES TO THE REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, IN THE FIRST ONE-PARTY ELECTION EVER HELD IN THE REPUBLIC. ALL CANDIDATES WERE NOMINATED BY THE CAMEROUN NATIONAL UNION, THE ONLY POLITICAL PARTY IN CAMEROUN.

    APART FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE CAPITAL, YAOUNDE, CAMEROUN HAS SEPARATE LEGISLATURES IN IT'S EASTERN AND WESTERN REGIONS.

    THE CAMEROUN, A GERMAN COLONY BEFORE WORLD WAR ONE AND ADMINISTERED BY FRANCE AFTER THE WAR, BECAME INDEPENDENCE ON 1ST JANUARY 1960. ON OCTOBER 1ST, 1961, IT WAS JOINED BY BRITISH-ADMINISTERED WEST CAMEROUN TO FORM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF CAMEROUN.

    WHEN HE OPENED THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS, PRESIDENT AHNADOU AHIDJO TOLD VOTERS THAT THE SINGLE, ONE-PARTY LIST OF CANDIDATES WOULD PUT AN END OF DEPLORABLE INTER-PARTY QUARRELS, FALSE PROMISES AND TRIBAL FIGHTING, WHICH HAD ACCCOMPANIED PREVIOUS ELECTIONS.

    THE CAMEROUN NATIONAL UNION PARTY WAS FORMED IN SEPTEMBER, 1966, BY THE VOLUNTARY MERGING OF FOUR POLITICAL PARTIES.

    HEAVY VOTING WAS REPORTED IN THE ELECTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88XAF6QNYY35ONZK0OJVL5V9R
    Media URN:
    VLVA88XAF6QNYY35ONZK0OJVL5V9R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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