Incumbent President of Senegal, Macky Sall, has been declared winner of the Senegal Presidential election by the prime minister of the country, Mahammed Dionne.
Sall has already won at least 57 percent of the votes cast in Sunday’s poll.
Dionne said in a new conference in Dakar on Monday; “We must congratulate President Macky Sall for his first round election victory.
He concluded: “Our gathered results show that our candidate has largely won the election in the thirteen out of fourteen regions in the country. We can expect a minimum of 57 percent. From tomorrow, our candidate restarts his work putting this country on the path toward to development.”
The electoral commission has not made any announcement. Official results are expected no later than Friday.
A candidate must win more than 50 percent of the votes to avoid a runoff.
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If no candidate has won the required votes, the two candidates with the most votes go to a second round to be held on March 24.
Meanwhile, opposition candidates said there was no winner in Sunday’s poll.
“There is no question, a second round is unavoidable even if some media try to announce a victory in the first round,” Idrissa Seck, one of the main candidates in the poll said.
“I ask them to respect the Senegalese people’s choice, a choice for change,” Seck added.
A youth movement that propelled Sall into office in 2012 has condemned the announcement by the prime minister.
“It seems as if the government doesn’t want peace in the country. They are ready to confiscate power. Senegalese will not accept this; to give results while the commission is counting votes,” Fadel Barro, coordinator of Y’en Marre (Fed Up in the local Wolof language) movement, said.
“I ask people to stand up. We will not accept anyone to destroy the stability of our country,” he added.
Source: Aljazeera News