Senegal holds local elections
Senegal holds local elections for 602 local authorities today with 28,028 councillor posts being decided. The elections will be for two levels of authority, the departmental elections and municipal elections.
There are around 5.3 million eligible voters and they will be able to vote between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time across 12,378 polling stations nationwide. There are 2,700 lists competing in the election.
The polls are important because they are the first electoral test of President Macky Sall’s Alliance of the Republic (APR) after he won a decisive victory in 2012. Local media report that there has been a lot of infighting within the ruling coalition, Benno Bokk Yaakaar (United in Hope), over who should stand and where.
The last elections took place in 2009 when former President Abdoulaye Wade’s party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) did poorly.