Senegal’s President Sall’s ruling party coalition claims election Sweep

Senegal’s president, Macky Sall (in White attire) seen arriving at a OCDE conference 

West Africa (Globe Afrique) The ruling alliance of Senegal’s President Macky Sall won a decisive victory in legislative election, his prime minister said Monday. The landslide triumph would bolster Sall’s prospects for re-election in 2019 when he seeks a second term

The Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition picked up all but three of the country’s 45 electoral departments, Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne told the public Senegalese press agency and international media ahead of the official release of results. This prompted a foul play by the opposition camp led by ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, 93.

During this election circle, the turnout was 54 percent among Senegal’s 6.2 million registered voters, which is an increase on voting in 2012.

The prime minister said President Sall’s rivals were likely to be ahead in the departments of Kedougou, Saraya and possibly Mbacke, but otherwise the BBY party list of candidates “had been voted in by the Senegalese people.”

Meanwhile, supporters of Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall (no relation), jailed and awaiting trial for what his supporters say are politically motivated embezzlement charges, claimed his coalition had taken the capital.

According election commission, the full official results are expected on Wednesday or Thursday.

There were a record 47 lists of candidates who contested the election, with 165 lawmakers due to take seats in parliament.

Observers say some voters complained that they were left off the electoral rolls on Sunday, and there were long delays to voting in several places, partly due to bad weather.





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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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