Voters waiting to cast their ballots in Senegal’s 2019 presidential election. Photo credit: VOA/Seydina Aba Gueye (public domain)
Freedom House Rating
Partly Free (down from Free in 2020)
March 28, 2021 (tentative)
July 2022 (due)
February 2024 (due)
February 24, 2019
July 30, 2017
June 29, 2014
Senegal was supposed to have local elections in June 2019. However, the country’s election commission first postponed to late 2020, and then postponed them yet again, to March 28, 2021. However, the elections have been delayed again, and no new date has been set.
Senegal is lauded as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies. However, the political playing field is becoming less even under President Macky Sall, who won re-election in February 2019 amid accusations that he had improperly used state resources to suppress opponents and bolster his campaign.
In that vein, Freedom House downgraded Senegal’s rating from Free to Partly Free in its 2020 Freedom in the World report.
Medi1News (February 15, 2021 – in French): Senegal: towards a further postponement of local elections
Dakaractu (January 1, 2021 – in French): Local elections – President Macky Sall puts an end to the suspense: “As long as the audit is not finished we will not hold the elections.”
Manon Laplace, Jeune Afrique (December 3, 2019): Senegal: local elections to be held in March 2021 “at the latest”
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Updated February 25, 2021