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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Candidate 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%

Results by department

President before election

Macky Sall

Elected President

Macky Sall

Electoral system edit

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]

Candidates edit

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 [fr], Issa Sall [fr], 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]

Results edit

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 SonkoPASTEF687,52315.67
Issa Sall [fr]Party for Unity and Rally178,6134.07
Madické Niang [fr]Independent65,0211.48
Valid votes4,386,13999.04
Invalid/blank votes42,5410.96
Total votes4,428,680100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,683,04366.27
Source: Constitutional Council

References edit