The president applauds the “credibility” of the electoral system and the “excellent organization” of the vote
Aug. 4 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Senegalese opposition has called on the electoral commission to postpone the announcement of the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for this Thursday, to give time to detect and denounce alleged irregularities during the process.
The leader of the opposition coalition, Déthié Fall, has stressed that it is necessary to clarify the results obtained by the government coalition in the north of the country and has denounced that the opposition has not been allowed to document “irregularities”.
“We challenge the decision not to allow the (opposition) coalition to photograph or photocopy irregularities in Matam, Raneou, Kanel and Podor,” Fall said, as reported by the Senegalese news portal Sene News.
Thus, it has stressed the need for the electoral commission to postpone the announcement of the results to “clarify” an alleged filling of ballot boxes in areas of the north of the African country, where the Benno Book Yaakar (BBY) coalition of the president, Macky Sall, has won a large victory.
For his part, Sall applauded the “credibility” of the Senegalese electoral system and highlighted the “excellent organization” of the legislative elections, in the framework of statements made during a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
In this sense, the president has stated that the elections were held “in calm, serenity and transparency throughout the national territory and with the presence of observers deployed by international organizations and civil society.”
For this reason, he has praised “the credibility of the electoral system and the exemplary nature of Senegalese democracy” and has asked the Government to “prepare and accompany the inauguration, in the best conditions, of the deputies of the 14th Legislature, as reported by the Senegalese state news agency, APS.
During the day on Monday, both the government coalition and the opposition claimed to have won the elections, while the electoral commission stated that “the count has been carried out in a generally satisfactory manner and in a calm and serene atmosphere” , before emphasizing that “no serious incidents have been observed on the ground”.
Senegal went to the polls to elect the members of a National Assembly who will be chosen according to a system that combines proportional representation with national lists for 53 legislators and majority voting in the country’s departments for another 97.
In addition, it should be remembered that the vote, in principle, will be followed by the arrival of a new prime minister. The position, removed by Sall in 2019 and then reinstated in November 2021, is still vacant. The election of the next head of government could be a first clear indication of Sall’s intentions for the 2024 presidential elections.