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

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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%

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Results by department

President before election

Macky Sall


Macky Sall

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]


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]


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.

Macky SallAlliance for the Republic2,555,42658.26
Idrissa SeckRewmi899,55620.51
Ousmane SonkoPatriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity687,52315.67
Issa SallParty for Unity and Rally178,6134.07
Madické NiangIndependent65,0211.48
Valid votes4,386,13999.04
Invalid/blank votes42,5410.96
Total votes4,428,680100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,683,04366.27
Source: Constitutional Council