Senegal Election: Macky Sall tops provisional results

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Prime Minister Mahamad Boun Abdalah Dione of Senegal on Sunday announced the provisional results from the presidential election, with incumbent Macky Sall winning more than half of the total votes cast – 57%.

“I base my argument through the counting spot which the media has already reported;” he said. “President Sall lost only one region among the 14 regions.”

“President Macky should resume work now for his second term,” he added.

The Senegalese media through Sunday reported the provisional results in the 15,397 polling stations and the diaspora.

Idrissa Seck has been announced as second to Mr. Sall with 21%. Ousman Sonko came third with 14%; Issa Sall fourth with 5% and Madike Niang fifth with 3%.

There were 6,683,043 registered voters both in Senegal and the Diaspora.

Both Ousman Sonko and Idrissa Seck are blaming the media for announcing the provisional results.

The electoral laws in Senegal permit the media to report provisional results on spot counting of the presidential election. These laws have been in place since 2000.

The duo went further to threaten journalists of the State-owned TV (RTS) Group Futur Media and 2Stv. Though, Prime Minister Dione said the two camps should not threaten journalists for just doing their work by updating the public.

The opposition insists that the results announced by the prime minister are premature.

The Independent Electoral Commission will on Friday release the official results.

Justice Demba Kandji, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of Senegal has said that nobody has the right to proclaim the results of the election except his office, which will be on Friday.