Sall supporters expected to win legislative elections today


Supporters of President Macky Sall who was elected on 25th March are expected to win the general election which takes place today.

Although the campaign has been lacklustre and much of the shine of the new presidency has now gone, an alliance called Benno Bokk Yakaar (United for the same hope) is expected to return enough seats along with Macky Sall’s own Alliance for the Republic (APR) to give him a working majority in the 150 seat National Assembly.

Former president Abdoulaye Wade and his SOPI 2007 alliance are expected to lose many of the 131 seats they took in the 2007 general election. Wade’s party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) suffered a split after the 25th March election this year and a splinter group, Bokk Guiss Guiss (Common Vision) will split their vote.

There are 5.3 million voters choosing from 24 lists and 7,000 candidates for the 150 National Assembly seats. Sixty seats will be elected through proportional representation and ninety through constituency majority vote lists.

Turnout is expected to be low and results will take a few days to come through.

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