YAOUNDE, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The central African nation of Cameroon will hold the Senate election on March 25, kicking off its electoral year of 2018 with four major polls, including the presidential election, said a presidential decree released Wednesday.
The Cameroonian Senate, or the upper house of parliament, has 100 seats with a mandate of five years, among which 70 are elected by an electoral college made up of municipal councillors, and the remaining 30 are appointed by the president. Each of the country's 10 regions is represented by seven elected and three appointed senators.
The Senate election also begins a series of elections scheduled for this year. The election of the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, and municipal elections will follow in September. The presidential election is scheduled for October.
The regional council elections may also take place this year, depending on the decision of the president, who enjoys a constitutional prerogative.
The electoral year came amid tensions, with the ongoing war against the terror group Boko Haram in northern Cameroon, and the secessionist movement of two main English-speaking regions from the French-speaking majority that started over a year ago.