year, the 57 African Nations hold elections according to their constitutional
guidelines. 2019 will see Senegals’ turn amongst the 19 elections due to take
place on the African Continent. The West African Nation with a population
estimated at 16 368 358 amongst which, 6 219 446 are the number of registered
voters currently has 87 aspirants amongst the 300 political parties registered
Their various viewpoints and political platforms will have to convince constituents and gather at least 52 000 signatures in no less than 14 Regions of Senegal (2000 at least per Region) in the form of a petition to be eligible in front of the Senegalese Electoral Commission. This process will be ongoing until the candidates register between December 11 and 26, 2018, according to the new controversial Electoral Law passed in parliament in April 2018. The candidates will have to pay an amount of 30 000 000 F CFA or 2.5 million dalasis as well to be contenders.
Two of the key players in the Senegalese political scene, notably Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade are currently challenging their rejections from the Senegalese Electoral Commission as their run ins with the Senegal judicial system may stop them in their ambitions to become the next President of Senegal. Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Plateau, was accused and sentenced for embezzling public funds. He is currently trying to overrule the decision at the CEDEAO Courts to validate his candidacy in December 2018. Karim Wade, son of His Excellency President Abdoulaye Wade and whom held five Ministerial Appointments, on the other hand has been asked by the CREI, the Special Tribunal that found him guilty of embezzling public funds to pay a fine of 138 Billion F CFA .Furthermore, his legal counsel is also seeking for the CEDEAO to clear his criminal record and enable him to present his candidacy to stand for office as well in February 2019.
The Coalition that elected His Excellency the President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall on the other hand has seen the Socialist Party of Senegal and many others endorse and support its political agenda with His Excellency The President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall as the leader for a second term. Nevertheless, the other coalition, ‘Mankoo Taxawu Senegal’ present since the Parliamentary Elections could shift the balance in their favor and sweep the votes.
Have all the cards been played thus far? Will we see a change of events in December 2018 with outsiders like Mr. Sonko? Are the underdogs going to win the elections to follow the recent geopolitical trend noticed in other regions of the globe? Could we foresee a futurecoalition government?
As the cards are being dealt, the future winner is going to be the one that attends to the Senegalese citizens’ aspirations and demands. Jobs and skills training are lacking, illegal migration has claimed many of Senegals’ Future Leaders whiles the socio economic climate is foggy. Entrepreneurs and visionaries cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel because their innovative ideas and creations are collecting dust on their desks as adequate financing is lacking.
Africa is writing its boldest chapters in its adult years with major Foreign Direct Investments flowing into various African economic sectors. How will the next Leaders create the optimal communication channels, create the economic schemes and shape the minds to sustainably compete in the Globalization of things? How does one create the Win/Win Framework with the Major Corporations and Multinationals that are key stakeholders participating in most African economies?
Author: Mussa Sallah