Voting has commenced in Cameroon in the crucial presidential election holding against the backdrop of unprecedented violence in the country’s English speaking region.

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This was on Sunday confirmed by AFP journalist.

“I’ve come early to avoid queues… I’ve done my civic duty, now we wait for the results,” said Joelle, 51, who was the second person to vote at the Bastos public school polling station in the capital Yaounde.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres had called for peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Cameroon.

The UN chief, in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, called on all stakeholders to “exercise restraint before, during and after the election”.

Guterres also urged all Cameroonians to exercise their democratic rights, urging all candidates “to address any complaints related to the electoral process through established legal and constitutional channels”.