Cameroon yesterday held its first-ever regional election, which the government says hands more power to the provinces but the opposition has boycotted as a sham. Al Jazeera reports that in Sunday’s indirect polls, a 24,000-strong electoral college made up of regional delegates and traditional chiefs will vote to fill the posts of 900 regional councillors – 90 for each of the country’s 10 regions – putting into action a 1996 law that promised a decentralised government but was never enacted. The municipal councils will have a say over development, including infrastructure such as roads, but they will not be able to alter laws enacted by the national assembly and the senate with opponents saying the vote offers only a semblance of regional autonomy and comes too late to fix the conflict.