Progress Report on the Senegal Presidential Election

The polling stations officially opened their doors on Sunday at 8 a.m. to allow the more than 7 million Senegalese voters to elect their 5th President of the Republic. No major incident was noted.

Senegalese voters mobilized strongly to fulfill their civic duty. President Macky Sall, who is not running for reelection, voted in his hometown of Fatick, in the country’s center. All the candidates, except Amadou Ba, the government candidate, voted before noon. After voting in Fatick, the outgoing head of state welcomed “the tranquility” accompanying the electoral process. Still, he also recalled, “that it is not up to the candidates and political parties to proclaim the results.” 

The Minister of the Interior, Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, who was responsible for organizing the election, voted in Dagana (North). He took the opportunity to call for peace, calm, and serenity. “A day of voting must be a day of democratic breathing but not a day of tension and violence because everything that is destroyed will have to be rebuilt,” he said.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye, the candidate supported by Ousmane Sonko, the opposition leader, also voted in his village of Ndiaganiao in the department of Mbour. He invited all candidates to call for peace and respect the ballot box verdict. He is one of the favorites alongside Amadou Ba.

Aliou Mamadou Dia, the Unity and Rally Party (PUR) candidate, carried out his civic duty around 11 a.m. in Ouakam (Dakar). He said he was “satisfied” with the holding of this election, initially scheduled for 25 February but finally held on 24 March. “We fought for this day to be fixed so that the presidential election could be organized. And, we are delighted that our country can fully experience its democracy,” he said.

Thierno Alassane Sall, candidate for the Republic of Values, for his part, praised “the maturity” of the Senegalese people who, according to him, wanted to express their attachment to democracy and the election.

For Mamadou Lamine Diallo, candidate of the Tekki movement, this election “is a victory for the forces who want democracy. Because democracy and the rule of law will allow us to exist as a nation. »

Anta Babacar Ngom, the only woman candidate in this election, welcomed the holding of the presidential election, “which shows the sovereignty of the Senegalese people.” She congratulated her compatriots for their strong mobilization and “political maturity and tenacity.”

Voting will continue until 6 p.m. local time. The polling stations will then close and make way for the counting. The first trends are expected this evening.