Still awaiting the national results, the opposition had already begun to celebrate its victory this Sunday evening, December 31, in certain areas of Senegal. In Dakar, the mayor of the capital started an improvised caravan in the streets of the suburbs. Standing in the middle of the crowd, smiling and victorious, Barthélémy Dias was escorted by several hundred supporters. In Ziguinchor, the majority candidate Victorine Ndèye recognized the victory of her competitor, the anti-imperialist activist Guy Marius Sagna. The first tendencies of the vote of the diaspora also give the victorious opposition.
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The vote was generally calm on Sunday. The majority of the 15,196 polling stations had opened by 8 a.m. this morning, and began counting the results at 6 p.m. local time. The national participation, whose rate was estimated at nearly 35% at midday, known a rebound in the afternoon and could exceed 50%. It was 54% during the 2017 legislative elections.
Eight lists competed to elect the 165 Senegalese deputies: 112 by relative majority for the lists of the 46 departments of the country and the diaspora, and 53 by proportional voting. “The ballot took place in a generally satisfactory manner and in a calm and serene atmosphere,” said the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (Cena) in the evening. However, scenes of violence have been reported in the Dakar suburbs, in Guédiawaye in particular, and in Ziguinchor.