Turnout of 54% for Senegal elections

Turnout of 54% for Senegal elections

Editorial Staff
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The legislative round of voting in the African country sees the majority coalition opposed to democratic opposition parties, which have failed to form a united front and are at risk of failing to achieve enough to counteract the presidential faction

The rate of turnout in the legislative elections held in Senegal was 54 per cent. The figure, as announced by some national press agencies, is higher than the one registered in 2012. The poll saw a record list of 47, compared with 24 in 2012, a proliferation due, according to some national political observers, in particular to the inability of opposition parties to unite their leaders in a single list, which has in fact minimized the chances of "imposing a co-habitation on President Macky Sall" as proclaimed by anti-opposition leaders Of the presentation of the lists. The divisions concerned, in particular, the Senegalese Democratic Party (Pds), led by former President Abdoulaye Wade, and supporters of Dakar's mayor, Khalifa Sall, frondists of the Senegalese Socialist Party (PS). The parties had announced the union in a single coalition, called Manko Taxawu, and then withdrew from the intent not far from the deadline for the submission of lists due to the impossibility of deciding who to entrust the coalition's leadership. Instead, the coalition of the presidential majority Benno Bokk Yakaar (Bby) came compact to the election, whose goal is to endorse the country's leadership in the run-up to the 2019 presidential elections, which will in all likelihood see current President Macky Sall among the candidates. The coalition, set up in 2012, is composed from the Alliance for the Republic (April), the party of the Head of State, the Alliance for the Republic, the Socialist Party of Ousmane Tanor Dieng, or the Alliance of Forces of Progress (Afd) of the current chairman of the national assembly, Moustapha Niasse.