1959 Northern Cameroons referendum

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A referendum on becoming part of Nigeria was held in Northern Cameroons in November 1959.[1] Voters were given the choice between a union with Nigeria and postponing the decision.[1] Voters favoured the latter, with 62.25% voting to postpone the decision.[1] A second referendum was held in 1961, with 60% voting to join Nigeria and 40% voting to join Cameroon.[1]


Choice Votes %
Postpone decision 70,546 62.25
Union with Nigeria 42,788 27.75
Invalid/blank votes 525
Total 113,859 100
Registered voters/turnout 129,549 87.9
African Elections Database


  1. ^ a b c d Sub-National Referendums in Sub-Saharan Africa African Elections Database