Senegalese Constitutional Council approves candidacy of 5 presidential aspirants

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Senegalese Constitutional Council has approved the candidacy of five presidential aspirants, while disqualifying two others – Karim Wade and Khalifa Sall. However, the duo have the right to file an appeal against the decision of the council.

The presidential election in Senegal is slated for 24 February 2019.

Last year, 87 aspirants announced their intention to run for presidency. However, according to the new electoral requirement, every candidate should deposit at least 30 million CFA, an amount equivalent to D2.6 million plus 53,000 signatories of registered voters for endorsement within seven of the 14 regions across the country.

President Macky Sall is seeking for a second term re-election. He was first elected in 2012. Idrissa Seck has been running for the presidency on three different occasions. Madike Niang and Issa Sall are all running for the first time.

In Senegal, there are 300 registered political parties and 6.5 million voters are expected to cast their votes from a total population of 14 million.