Legislature in Senegal: a surge of activity at the end of the day

About seven million voters were called to vote this Sunday, July 31, to renew 165 deputy mandates, divided into eight lists. A key bulletin for both the majority and the opposition to measure the balance of power ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for 2024. The results are expected, but the authorities claim “an unconditional victory” in 30 out of 46 departments.

With our Dakar correspondent Charlotte Idrak

In the Medina District Electoral Center, fourteen polling stations closed minutes after 6:00 pm, the official closing time. At the end of the day, there was a bit of a rush, with voters often voting at the last minute, the office manager says. But in general, there were no crowds in the visited centers in Dakar and the suburbs. The same is true in other cities of the country, according to a number of testimonies. For example, in Ziguinchor, in Casamance, the administration reported a participation rate of 34% at 16:00, but at this stage we do not have an overall participation rate.

However, Yuvi Askan Wi seems to be confirming his breakthrough in the last local elections in January. This is the main opposition coalition led by Usman Sonko, who himself could not be a candidate. The opposition would also win in the department of Ziguinchor in Casamance at the head of the list of Guy Marius Sagny, leader of the Frapp / France Degage movement. His main opponent in the ruling coalition, Benno Bokk Jaakaar, conceded defeat.

In Dakar, the mayor and head of the departmental list, Barthélemy Diaz, claims victory. He even celebrated with his activists the beginning of the night on the streets of the capital with music and horns.

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