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Update on Senegal elections – Pres. Wade – Macky Sall – for RUN OFF

Update on Senegal elections – Pres. Wade – Macky Sall – for RUN OFF

As a result of the February 26th 2012 presidential elections in the West African State of Senegal of which votes are currently being counted, there is all indication that there would be an eminent run-off between President Wade and Presidential candidate Macky Sall, scheduled for March 18th 2012.  (Photo: A poster of President Wade by the Atlantic Ocean)

Macky Sall

The African Union (AU) / Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Observer Mission led by former President of Nigeria GEN.  Olusegun Obasanjo, have so far described the conduct of the elections as peaceful, orderly, free and transparent. The Women’s Platform for Peaceful Elections in Senegal, that is coordinated by the NGO Femme Africa Solidarite (FAS) with the support of UNDP and UN WOMEN said that they witnessed large turnout of women and young girls.

Ralph Sawyerr, Ambassador Bangali AU-ECOWAS Observer and Sahr Johnny

The Mission Observers were drawn from 19 African countries, including Sierra Leone. The main objective of the mission was to make an honest, independent and impartial observation and assess the organization and conduct of the Presidential elections. In addition to that the mission should also assess whether condition existed for the conduct of elections that allow the people of Senegal to freely express their will and assess / determine whether the elections were conducted in accordance with the constitutional and legal framework for elections in Senegal.

Senegal's Electoral Commissioner NDIR Doudou at a polling station

According to the Observers voters turn out was generally average in most polling stations observed but that in some instances, voters participation was less than half of the registered voters.

Out of the 13 presidential candidates, including President Wade and two women (Amsatou Sow Sidibe and Diouma Dieng Diakhate), just two are set for the GRAND RUN-OFF- booked for March 18th 2012.

Results so far indicated that President Wade is leading with 34.97% (that fell short of the required percentage to win on a first round).

Macky Sall — 26.21%
Moustapha Niasse— 13.24%
Ousmane Tanor Dieng— 11.49%
Idrissa Seck  —- 7..94%
Amsatou Sow Sidibe — – 0.19%
Diouma Dieng Diakhate — – 0.12%

Although, GEN. Obasanjo had said that it is the declaration of the result that we should watch, he went further to urged all political parties and their respective candidates to accept the outcome of the elections to be announced by the Constitutional Council. The Head of The Observer Mission promised that they will continue to monitor the rest of the electoral process.

As I write, the political situation in the West African State of Senegal is what one would refer to as calm and quiet, at peace with MAN and GOD.

BY- Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr, Information Attaché, Embassy of The Republic of Sierra Leone, In Senegal and The Gambia.

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  • The real story, an incredible one, shows how able the power can make the candidates go crazy, like Wade, when the power is always more important than the country mental health. No wonder revolts by the people desagreeding about the reality of all realities with non less lack of seriousness.

    29th February 2012

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