Senegalese concerned over poll violence

Dakar – The Senegalese Human Rights League on Wednesday expressed concern over violence during the electoral campaign ahead of a run-off election on March 25.

The rights body said supporters of incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, 85 and his challenger Macky Sall had clashed over the weekend and Sall’s convoy had been stoned in northern Senegal in Saint Louis on Wednesday.

The league said it was “absolutely necessary for Senegalese citizens to choose their future leader freely, in calm, security and transparency”.

The campaign has been calm compared to that ahead of a first round election on February 26 which was preceded by a month of riots over Wade’s efforts to seek a third term in office which left six dead and at least 150 injured.

Wade failed to win a first round victory and is facing a stiff race against his former prime minister Sall, who has secured crucial opposition support.

– SAPA

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