The Senegalese opposition, formed by the Yewwi Askan Wi and Wallu Senegal coalitions, is calling for the publication of the results of the Senegalese legislative elections, scheduled for Thursday, to be suspended. She thus wants to have the time to “point out all the irregularities noted in the minutes”.
The power and opposition camps are each claiming victory in Senegal’s legislative elections on Sunday. The opposition asked, Wednesday evening August 3, in Dakar the suspension of the publication of the results of the ballot, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, to examine its complaints following “irregularities” and “fraud”.
“We are asking the president of the National Commission for the Census of Votes (CNRV) to suspend the publication of the results scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) to allow us to identify all the irregularities that we have noted in the minutes”, declared during the meeting. a press conference Déthié Fall, a leader of the alliance formed by the coalitions Yewwi Askan Wi (liberate the people in Wolof) and Wallu Senegal (Save Senegal), led respectively by the main opponent Ousmane Sonko and the former President Abdoulaye Wade (2000-2012).
Another alliance official, Aïda Mbodj, spoke of “ballot stuffing” and “prefabricated and unsigned minutes that they (the power) created themselves” in localities in northern Senegal including Matam, Podor, Ranérou and Kanel, strongholds of President Sall.
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The stake is “200,000 votes”, according to her. “The Senegalese people will oppose this massive fraud,” she said at the press conference.
“We are not going to accept a confiscation of the victory. It is an enterprise of massive fraud orchestrated by politicians with certainly the complicity of the territorial administration,” said Ousmane Sonko, the leader of the Senegalese opposition. He called on his supporters to stand ready to defend their votes “no matter what.”
The opposition dreams of cohabitation
Some 7 million Senegalese were called to vote on Sunday to renew the 165 seats in the National Assembly. Turnout was 47% according to the Interior Ministry.
The results of the power and opposition camps are very tight, according to figures published by the local press.
The CNRV, chaired by the president of the Court of Appeal of Dakar, must proclaim Thursday afternoon the results of the legislative elections which are a test 19 months before the presidential election.
The opposition claims to want to control Parliament to impose cohabitation on the power camp, unprecedented in this West African country.
She also wants to push President Macky Sall to give up the project he has been given to run for president in 2024. President Sall, elected in 2012 for seven years and re-elected in 2019 for five years, remains unclear about his intentions. He has promised to appoint a prime minister – a post he cut in 2019 before restoring it in December 2021 – to the party that won the election.
With AFP and Reuters
Source: France 24