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Senegal: Opposition to march for electoral process transparency

The National Resistance Front (FNR), formed by opposition political parties in Senegal, will hold two marches on November 29 and December 6 in front of the Ministry of the Interior in Dakar, to demand transparency concerning the electoral register.This was announced at a press conference held Thursday evening in the Senegalese capital.

The goal of the November 29 march is “to challenge the exclusive management of those in power of the electoral register, the retention of voter cards, and the lack of neutrality of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security which supervises elections in the country,” FNR spokesman Bougar Diouf said. Diouf is president of the pressure group called Patriotic Movement for the Republic (MPR).

The opposition “is demanding” a neutral person or body to organize the February 24, 2019 presidential election, because “it is the only condition for having peaceful elections,” he declared.

He said after going to the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security on Wednesday morning to consult the electoral register, opponents of Macky Sall’s government said they found “a platform where you can consult your registration on the register.”

“We did not have access to the electoral register (proper); that is why the leaders’ conference decided to vigorously write to the Ministry of the Interior to make available the electoral register so that we can exercise the right to control the electoral register,” Diouf added.

The FRN spokesperson went on to denounce the government’s decision to withdraw the accreditation of the non-governmental organization called Enda Lead Africa Francophone NGO.

According to Diouf, such action is “an anti-democratic, an anti-Republican act in flagrant violation of the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution”.

The government is blaming the NGO for its links with the citizen’s movement called “Y en a Marre”, which it considers a disruptive force in the country.

Meanwhile, sources have reported that negotiations are ongoing to allow the proscribed NGO resume its activities in Senegal.


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