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June 20, 2013
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Senegal’s election officials have set 18 March as the date for the second round of the presidential election held last Sunday, confirming that none of the 14 candidates was able to win outright in the first round.
The African Union-ECOWAS special envoy, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has praised the people of Senegal for their maturity shown during last Sunday’s presidential election.
The run up to the polls was marred by violence, which left some six persons dead.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said “everything is still possible; victory or run-off,” at a news conference held at the presidency in Dakar on Monday.
Ballots are being counted in Sunday’s presidential election in Senegal, with early provisional unofficial results from polling centers showing incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade taking an early lead.
The people of Senegal are voting today, Sunday for their next president and the process is so far generally peaceful, unlike the run up to the polls which was marred by violence.
Hours to Sunday’s presidential election in Senegal, the African Union and ECOWAS special envoy, ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo wants the opposition to abandon their rejection of incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade’s candidacy and allow the polls to go ahead, but some opposition leaders have rejected his “road map”.
One of Senegal’s 14 presidential candidates, Dr. Ibrahima Fall has has called for dialogue to end the standoff between the government and opposition, ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) this week, Dr, Fall said, with the opposition resisting President Wade’s third term candidacy and the President standing his ground.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has deployed 150 observers for the 26th February 2012 presidential election in Senegal.
Senegal’s autonomous National Elections Commission Chairman has pleaded with the visiting former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to go beyond election observation, but mediate between the rival parties in the run up to Sunday’s presidential polls.
With tensions mounting and concerns of serious threat to Senegal’s long political stability looming, former Nigerian President Olasegun Obasanjo has arrived in the capital, Dakar as a Special envoy of the African Union and ECOWAS to observe Sunday’s presidential polls and what he called ''prevent what is preventable.''