Senegal polls fair, transparent – Ecowas

2012-03-27 12:30
Abuja - The weekend run-off presidential vote in Senegal in which opposition Macky Sall beat incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, was fair and transparent, the Ecowas observer mission said in a statement on Monday.

"While awaiting the end of the tallying process, which is being observed in certain regions... the mission considers that the 25 March run-off presidential election generally met the conditions of freedom, fairness and transparency", said the west African regional bloc.

The 100-member mision, led by Koffi Sama, former prime minister of Togo, commended the efforts of Senegalese authorities to ensure the peaceful and transparent conduct of the ballot, said the statement.

Sall, a former prime minister under Wade, beat his former boss in the second round of the poll held on Sunday and the incumbent accepted defeat.

Africa and the world have praised Senegal's vote as a democratic example for the continent and hailed Wade for conceding defeat at the polls.

The Ecowas mission expressed the hope that the conditions of freedom, fairness and transparency of the election "will pave the way for upcoming elections, thus making it possible to guarantee the expression of democratic plurality".

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