On Monday, February 25, Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne claimed that incumbent President Macky Sall won reelection in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, February 24, with some 57 percent of the vote, according to initial tallies. Opposition candidates have denounced the claims, saying that a runoff election will be needed. The Senegalese electoral commission (Commission électorale nationale autonome [CENA]) has called on candidates to refrain from prematurely claiming victory; CENA is expected to release official election results by Friday, March 1, at the latest.
Political demonstrations are possible in Dakar and other Senegalese cities over the coming days. Heightened security measures and transportation disruptions are expected near demonstration sites. Clashes between supporters of different political parties are possible in the coming days.
The February 24 elections were reportedly held without major incident, although there were some reports of voting irregularities. Incumbent President Macky Sall is reportedly leading in preliminary vote tallies, with two major opposition figures - former Mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall and former Minister Karim Wade - prohibited from running for office over corruption convictions.
Individuals in Senegal are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and political rallies due to the risk of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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