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2019 Senegalese presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Senegal on 24 February 2019.[1] Incumbent president Macky Sall of the Alliance for the Republic was re-elected for a second term with 58% of the vote in the first round.

2019 Senegalese presidential election

← 2012 24 February 2019
Turnout66.27%
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Nominee Macky Sall Idrissa Seck Ousmane Sonko
Party APR Rewmi PASTEF
Popular vote 2,555,426 899,556 687,523
Percentage 58.26% 20.51% 15.67%

President before election

Macky Sall
APR

President-elect

Macky Sall
APR

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Electoral systemEdit

The President of Senegal is elected using the two-round system; a candidate must receive over 50% of the vote to be elected in the first round. If no candidate had crossed the threshold, a second round would have been held between the top two candidates.[2]

Prior to the elections, the electoral law was amended to introduce requirements for candidates to secure signatures from at least 0.8% of the registered electorate, and for at least 2,000 signatures from seven of the 14 regions. Voters were only allowed to give a signature to one candidate.[3]

CandidatesEdit

Although 87 candidates registered intent to collect signatures,[4] only around 20 applied to the Constitutional Council to participate in the election, with the requirement for signatures and the introduction of a 30 million franc bond thought to have put many potential candidates off.[5] Five candidates were approved to run in the elections; Madické Niang, Issa Sall, Macky Sall, Idrissa Seck and Ousmane Sonko.[6]

In January 2019, two opposition leaders Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade were barred from participating due to previous convictions for misuse of public funds.[6]

ResultsEdit

On 25 February 2019, Prime Minister Mahammed Dionne said that Sall had been re-elected with "a minimum of 57%" of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff election. He also said Sall had won in 13 of the country's 14 regions.[7] On 5 March 2019, the Constitutional Council confirmed the election results.

Candidate Party Votes %
Macky Sall Alliance for the Republic 2,555,426 58.26
Idrissa Seck Rewmi 899,556 20.51
Ousmane Sonko Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity 687,523 15.67
Issa Sall Party for Unity and Rally 178,613 4.07
Madické Niang Independent 65,021 1.48
Invalid/blank votes 42,541
Total 4,428,680 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,683,043 66.27
Source: Constitutional Council

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