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noticed failures … and the failure of some should not be the burden on our momentum.


On Sunday, Senegalese voted for the election of their President of the Republic. Today, Thursday, February 28, Judge Demba Kandji, President of the Population Census Commission, announced provisional results.

I carefully followed this process and I would like to say what I believe. From the very beginning, I want to say that I am very far from agreeing with President Macka Sall. I did not vote for him … I even voted for the opposition. I suppose with my responsibility.

But if opposition leaders are unable to provide evidence of the seizure of power by Macka Sall, they should avoid calling for a rebellion.

Better, if I can not, invite the winner to congratulate him, because of Senegal.

For Benno Bokk Iaakaar you must have a modest triumph. Since not only these elections, as all of them organized since 2012, have been damaged by major irregularities that have only reduced the weight of Senegal to the balance of democracy, but more than 40% of Senegalese have no agreement with you.

After being declared the winner in the presidential election in Nigeria, President Mouhamadou Buhari told reporters: "I am asking my supporters not to abuse or humiliate the opposition … victory must be enough reward for their efforts. You must not do less.

To my Senegalese, my people, I mark my very pride. Many of you voted in peace and responsibility. On the same day, some returned to their jobs and occupations. I deeply believe in the elections that have been distorted from the outset.

Redesigning the files, creating new voting cards, lack of dialogue, sponsorship, which limited the number of candidates to five … were decisive for the outcome of the election.

These elections are just one phase of our democratic march. And the failure or failure observed by some should not in any way curb our momentum.

The Republic lived
And how long is Senegal

Sidi Djimbi NDAO
A journalist in the newspaper Les Echos

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