Elections for a new National Assembly in the Cameroon Republic - independent since the beginning of this year - were held Apr 11, while heavily armed police and security forces patrolled the streets of Douala and other towns, ready to quell all attempts to interfere with general voting.
DOUALA, CAMEROON (APRIL 10-11, 1960) (REUTERS)
Shots outside polling station, patrol watching
Scenes of independent candidate Fampou speaking
Shots of other polling station and people voting
Scenes showing voting slips and Africans voting
Shots of security patrol, terrorist manhandled
Scenes of Moslem Hausa tribesmen
Scenes of Government supporter's wrecked house
Suspects are taken to police headquarters
Shots outside Moslem polling station, police checking crowd
Scenes of Dr. Bebey Eyidi, UPC candidate
Shots of funeral of raid victims
Background: Elections for a new National Assembly in the Cameroon Republic - independent since the beginning of this year - were held Apr 11, while heavily armed police and security forces patrolled the streets of Douala and other towns, ready to quell all attempts to interfere with general voting.
Interviewed outside a Douala polling station, Independent Deputy Menmafan Fampou, opposing Premier Ahidjo's Cameroon Union Party, called for the return of UPC leader, Dr. Felix Moumie, who fled to Guinea when his party was banned din 1955 and organised a terrorist campaign. Moumie is still in Conakry although the ban was lifted Mar 1.
An atmosphere of tension prevailed as Africans and Moslems queued separately to hand in their voting slips, bearing the names of candidates and symbols denoting their parties, designed to help the illiterate.
Armoured cars and trucks with French-officered troops and militia were in evidence throughout the town. In one incident a patrol manhandled a Bamileke African who tried to break into a polling station in the Moslem quarter. The war like Bamilekes, constituting one sixth of the 3 1/4 million non-whites in Cameroon and numbering 40,000 in Douala alone, have been associated with terrorist attacks directed against Moslem Premier Ahidjo's rule by decree. As the African was hustled into a police truck, armed guards held back a crowd of knife-wielding Hausa tribesmen, Moslems who support the Government and whose homes have been raided by terrorist bands.
While suspects were rounded up and taken to Douala police headquarters, security forces continued their task of controlling unruly voters. When things threatened to get out of hand in another incident at a Moslem polling station, police kept a queueing crowd in check with revolvers drawn.
Although it is now almost certain that Premier Ahidjo and his party will emerge victorious, several of his Ministers are reported to have lost their seats. One of the successful Opposition candidates in Douala was Dr Bebey Eyidi, graduate of the Paris Sorbonne and a leader of UPC, who received congratulations from his friends and supporters, Apr 11.
Crowds gathered outside one of Douala's churches, the same day, to attend the funeral of four security men, including a Frenchman, who were killed during a terrorist raid, Apr 7. Leading citizens, relatives and a military guard of honour followed the procession of coffins through the streets ... a vivid reminder that peace has yet to be won in the newly independent Cameroon.