While the electoral body in Senegal, La Commission électorale nationale autonome, CENA, is yet to officially announce the result of the presidential polls held on Sunday, February 24th, the Prime Minister, Mahammed Dionne, has declared the incumbent president, Macky Sall as the victor of election.
The Prime Minister while citing a Provincial tally said President Sall won at least 57 percents of the votes which inevitably makes him the winner.
As a requirement, before any candidate can be declared winner, the candidate must have won more than 50 percent of the votes or face a runoff in a later date with the closest rival.
As culled from an Aljazeera report, while speaking early on Monday at a news conference in Dakar, Mr. Dionne said “we must congratulate President Macky Sall for his first-round election victory”.
“Our gathered results show that our candidate has largely won the election in the 13 out of 14 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 development”, he added.
Following this declaration, the electoral body in the country as well as civil society groups urged the candidates to “abstain from prematurely declaring the results, and maintain the calm atmosphere since the election was conducted”, the report reads.
Several reactions have trailed this declaration of victory.
As culled from the report, Idrissa Seck, one of the main opposition candidate has said “there is no question, a second round is unavoidable even if some media try to announce a victory in the first round”.
“I ask them to respect the Senegalese people’s choice, a choice for change” he added.
Fadel Barro, coordinator of Y’en Marre (Fed Up in the local Wolof language) movement, a youth movement which was key in Sall’s ascension to office in 2012, has also condemned the announcement.
“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”, the report reads.
“I ask people to stand up. We will not accept anyone to destroy the stability of our country,” he added.
The official results of the polls are expected to have been announced latest by Friday.
Senegal has been over the years described as one of the stable democracies in Africa and one of the continent’s fastest growing economies.
In Nigeria, Buhari is Winning announced elections so far
Mr Buhari, the incumbent president of Nigeria, the most populous and largest economy in Africa, is leading the results of the presidential election so far.
The country held the rescheduled presidential among other federal elections on Saturday, 23rd February.
Following the conclusion of the polls, Nigerians are back to normal daily activities, however, anxiety reigns as the citizens await the official final declaration of the winner of the concluded polls.
Currently from the states results collated so far Buhari is leading his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar among other candidates.
Buhari defeated his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar in Kano and Lagos, the two states with the highest percent of voters’ strength. In Lagos, Buhari won with over 130,000 votes while in Kano, he defeated Atiku with over one million votes.
Similarly, Buhari polled highest votes in Osun, Ekiti, Gombe, Nasarawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Kogi, Niger, Ogun, Jigawa, Kwara, Katsina, while Atiku was able to secure a win in FCT, Ondo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Oyo, Adamawa, Anambra in the results announced so far.
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