Senegalese President Macky Sall has won re-election without the need for a second round of voting, the country’s electoral commission announced on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear if the top opposition candidates would accept those results or would pursue a legal challenge.
Earlier in the week they had disputed unofficial results showing Sall with a solid majority of Sunday’s vote.
The president ultimately received 58.27 percent of the vote, according to Demba Kandji, chairman of the electoral body.
According to the provisional results, top opposition candidate Idrissa Seck took 20.50 percent of the vote while Ousmane Sonko had 15.67 percent.
The opposition scheduled a news conference to immediately follow the announcement of official results and a representative of Seck’s party did not attend the proclamation of results on Thursday.
The 57-year-old Sall sought re-election on his record of building roads and creating jobs, while opposition supporters maintained those efforts had not reached many in this West African country where young men often risk their lives to migrate to Europe.
Senegal has long been a democratic example in West Africa where coups and clinging to power used to be all too common.
Election observers reported no major irregularities on Sunday.
However, this year’s vote also has been marked by allegations that the presidency had effectively blocked two prominent opposition politicians from taking part: Dakar’s former mayor and the son of the president Sall ousted from office in 2012.
On Thursday, the President of the National Commission for the Recording of Votes, Judge Demba Kandji, gave the results of the presidential election of 24 February 2019. He announced the re-election in the first round of incumbent President Macky Sall with 58.27%.
It was followed by Idrissa Seck, who obtained 20.50%. Ousmane Sonko is third with 15.67%. Issa Sall and Madické Niang closed with 4.07% and 1.48% respectively.
Su r more than six million subscribers, 4 million 383 thousand 879 votes were validly cast, representing a turnout of 66.23%.
Av ant to give the results, Judge Demba Kandji wished to point out that these results take into account all the polling stations except those three in Port-kind in Gabon and a few of Italy.
He pointed out that at the meeting preceding the proclamation of provisional results Idrissa Seck was not represented. His plenipotentiary, who until then took part in the work of the commission, did not appear on Thursday, according to the mag istrat.
Dem Ba Kandji also pointed out the representatives of Madické Niang, Ousmane Sonko and Issa Sall commented on the voting process. Observations which, informs Demba Kandji, will be included in the report which will be transmitted to the Constitutional Council, authorized to give the final results.
The nominees have 72 hours to file an appeal.