24 October 2018

Cameroon: Urban, Rural Dichotomy of Votes

Statistics tell of somewhat faithfulness in rural areas while urban areas, by virtue of their diversity, have the tendency of swinging votes depending on the candidate.

October 7, 2018 Presidential election will in the days ahead be history once Paul Biya takes the oath of office for another seven years. As the euphoria over the heated poll dwindles, it would be obvious to analyse the operation that gave the winner the enviable place in the sun and leaves losers gnashing their teeth in regret of failing to create history. Statistics emanating from the different polling stations across the country tell of a culture of voting which has over the years been determinant.

Rural areas have almost always remained faithful to one or two candidates of their choices. It is easy to say that this or that locality is the bastion of this or that candidate and results obtained therein validate the hypothesis at the end of the voting process. Here, once the people have a party or candidate at heart, what they simply need to hear during preelectoral campaign is on how they should vote.

The colour and characteristics of their candidate's ballot paper and the deal is done. The understanding is that in rural areas, the people are almost unique, sharing a lot in common like culture, language et al. Their votes are ethnic depending on the candidate or are guided by the calibre of elite and the direction he gives them. A people-oriented elite easily carries a whole community to vote the candidate of his choice given that they all want to consolidate achievements and stay on.

Meanwhile, in urban settings, competition for votes is rife and can be won on very minute details sometimes at the last minute. Urban areas with their melting pot configuration makes competition rife. Diverse people from diverse back grounds inhabit urban areas and it is difficult to say with exactitude where this or that candidate can carry the day. Results from Mfoundi in the Centre and Wouri in the Littoral, to mention just these, are telling of the ten dency of urban areas to swing votes depending on the candidate.

Glaring equally is the fact that in most rural areas witnessed a relatively high participation rate; though the general conduct was barely average, compared to urban areas. One visible element in the urban-rural dichotomy of votes is the percentage of null votes that appear higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

The general belief is that ur ban areas have the tendency of producing more undecided voters than rural areas. The same reading cannot hold true for the North West and South West Regions in the just-held election for obvious reasons.


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